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Think before you munch this festive season

It's that time of the year again. The festive season marks the beginning of indulgences and gluttony which we can't resist. Sweets and festivals go hand in hand along with other rich dishes. We should be a tad bit careful and keep our taste buds in control, especially if we have a tendency to put on weight.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 06, 2011 12:13 IST
Vibhuti Jaitly

It's that time of the year again. The festive season marks the beginning of indulgences and gluttony which we can't resist. Sweets and festivals go hand in hand along with other rich dishes. We should be a tad careful and keep our taste buds in control, especially if we have a tendency to put on weight.



Studies have shown that we consume 50% more calories when we socialise with friends and relatives. So be on your guard and eat sensibly this festive season.



RasmalaiBe picky - Do not eat because you're being offered. Friends and family will try to force feed, but be firm with them. If you must eat, for courtesy, then eat a small portion.



Eat only stuff you like - Try not eating something simply because it is there. If it's not something you really love, give it a miss.

Save place for sweets and desserts - As festive eating would be incomplete without sweets, save place for sweets and desserts by eating less rice, breads and other high calorie dishes during the main course. This way, you will be able to eat a small portion of a sweet or sweet dish without exceeding your caloric intake.



Offer a healthy spread - This is the most important mantra of all. We can't do much about what everyone else is offering, but can do a lot about what we offer. Don't give sweets and unhealthy gifts. Instead, give stuff like dry fruits, fresh fruits. For the really close people, cook up some low-sugar, low-calorie confections yourself.



Easy on drinks - Besides being loaded with calories, alcohol promotes fat storage in the body. Hence, not only we get empty calories, but we end up storing fat. Avoid drinking more than two medium measures of alcohol or wine. Choose low calorie drinks such as vodka and red wine if you have to.



Drink plenty of water - Water helps not only in detoxifying but also to curb that false hunger. Drink a glass of water before having a lavish meal and you will end up eating less without even realising.



Snack before you step out - This might sound strange but before stepping out have a bowl of soup, fresh fruits or any other healthy snack. By doing this you'll fill your stomach and will be able to control the portion size of your meal.



Daytime Indulgence - Indulge during the day time as our body gets a chance to burn the calories. At night, the metabolism of our body drops and the carbohydrates that we consume gets converted into fat. Eat light during the evenings.



Look out for alternatives - When hunger strikes and you get a snack urge don't feed yourself fried and calorie rich food, instead go for grilled, boiled, or baked food items.



Share those boxes - Don't accumulate boxes of sweets and chocolates at home. Chances are that they will end up getting consumed, instead gift and share the sweets.



Make time for Exercise - Celebrations should not hamper our exercise regime. Take out at least 30 minutes for a physical activity. Go for a run, hit the gym, play a sport or do some yoga.



Keep these simple tips in mind and enjoy the festivity without feeling guilty. Healthy munching!

(With inputs from Dr. Richa Bansal, Ayurvedic doctor at Dr Shikha Sharma's Nutrihealth)