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Weight loss in festive season: Simple and effective tips to prevent weight gain during Diwali festivities

Published on Nov 01, 2023 06:00 AM IST
  • It's that time of the year when it's difficult to resist fatty foods and sugary treats. But following these easy tips can help you avoid weight gain.
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"A time of joy, celebration, and indulgence is the holiday season. It's a time of year when there are many family get-togethers, feasts, and parties, and it's simple to overindulge in the delicious treats and fatty foods that are everywhere. While it's important to make the most of this time, it's equally important to achieve a balance and successfully control your weight so that you don't struggle with extra weight in the new year. The following four suggestions can help you get through the holiday season without letting your weight get out of hand," says Fitness expert Aminder Singh, Founder of Team Aminder.  (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 01, 2023 06:00 AM IST

"A time of joy, celebration, and indulgence is the holiday season. It's a time of year when there are many family get-togethers, feasts, and parties, and it's simple to overindulge in the delicious treats and fatty foods that are everywhere. While it's important to make the most of this time, it's equally important to achieve a balance and successfully control your weight so that you don't struggle with extra weight in the new year. The following four suggestions can help you get through the holiday season without letting your weight get out of hand," says Fitness expert Aminder Singh, Founder of Team Aminder.  (Shutterstock)

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1. Stay active and engage in physical activities: Engaging in leisurely pursuits like playing cards or spending hours on the couch is a classic pitfall during the holiday season. Rather than succumbing to this sedentary temptation, create enjoyable activities that include some level of mobility. Plan backyard competitions for your family to play football, frisbee, or badminton.  (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 01, 2023 06:00 AM IST

1. Stay active and engage in physical activities: Engaging in leisurely pursuits like playing cards or spending hours on the couch is a classic pitfall during the holiday season. Rather than succumbing to this sedentary temptation, create enjoyable activities that include some level of mobility. Plan backyard competitions for your family to play football, frisbee, or badminton.  (Unsplash)

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2. Help with decorations: Encourage your loved ones to participate, making it a fun and beneficial opportunity to connect over the holidays. Along with keeping you active, these activities provide you the chance to make enduring memories with your friends and family. Moreover, think about offering to help with physical labour-intensive duties like setting up decorations or assisting with meal preparations. Every little bit of exercise adds up and helps balance out the excess calories you might eat during holiday feasts. (Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 01, 2023 06:00 AM IST

2. Help with decorations: Encourage your loved ones to participate, making it a fun and beneficial opportunity to connect over the holidays. Along with keeping you active, these activities provide you the chance to make enduring memories with your friends and family. Moreover, think about offering to help with physical labour-intensive duties like setting up decorations or assisting with meal preparations. Every little bit of exercise adds up and helps balance out the excess calories you might eat during holiday feasts. (Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP)

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3. Eat everything, control portions: It's a popular notion that some meals should be completely avoided throughout the holiday season. But rather than outright avoidance, it's more about moderation and portion management. Giving up your favourite holiday delicacies can result in overeating later. Instead, give yourself permission to indulge in lesser servings of these delicious delicacies. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 01, 2023 06:00 AM IST

3. Eat everything, control portions: It's a popular notion that some meals should be completely avoided throughout the holiday season. But rather than outright avoidance, it's more about moderation and portion management. Giving up your favourite holiday delicacies can result in overeating later. Instead, give yourself permission to indulge in lesser servings of these delicious delicacies. (Shutterstock)

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4. Go for green: Give veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains priority when choosing what to put on your meal. You can feel content and full with less calories if you choose one of these nutrient-rich meals. Allow yourself to enjoy a limited amount of delicious foods guilt-free. Just keep in mind that controlling your portion sizes is more important than restricting your diet. (Pinterest) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 01, 2023 06:00 AM IST

4. Go for green: Give veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains priority when choosing what to put on your meal. You can feel content and full with less calories if you choose one of these nutrient-rich meals. Allow yourself to enjoy a limited amount of delicious foods guilt-free. Just keep in mind that controlling your portion sizes is more important than restricting your diet. (Pinterest)

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5. Regular exercise: Our everyday schedules, including our fitness habits, are frequently disrupted over the Christmas season. It's simple to completely skip exercises when you have travel plans and a busy schedule. To manage your weight, it's important to stay consistent with your fitness program—even throughout the holiday season. (Photo by Alex McCarthy on Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 01, 2023 06:00 AM IST

5. Regular exercise: Our everyday schedules, including our fitness habits, are frequently disrupted over the Christmas season. It's simple to completely skip exercises when you have travel plans and a busy schedule. To manage your weight, it's important to stay consistent with your fitness program—even throughout the holiday season. (Photo by Alex McCarthy on Unsplash)

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6. Choose short-duration workouts: Instead of completely stopping your routines, modify them to fit your needs. Choose workouts that are 20 to 25 minutes long and high-intensity. Bodyweight exercises, circuit training, and tabata workouts are all great choices for quick and efficient workouts that keep your fitness levels high. Even small bursts of action, like brisk walks, quick bodyweight exercises, or dancing to your favourite Christmas music, can be done throughout the day. Making time in your day for exercise can keep you accountable and prevent you from completely skipping your workouts.  (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 01, 2023 06:00 AM IST

6. Choose short-duration workouts: Instead of completely stopping your routines, modify them to fit your needs. Choose workouts that are 20 to 25 minutes long and high-intensity. Bodyweight exercises, circuit training, and tabata workouts are all great choices for quick and efficient workouts that keep your fitness levels high. Even small bursts of action, like brisk walks, quick bodyweight exercises, or dancing to your favourite Christmas music, can be done throughout the day. Making time in your day for exercise can keep you accountable and prevent you from completely skipping your workouts.  (Freepik)

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7. Prioritize hydration: People frequently forget to drink enough water over the holiday season, especially when alcohol is abundant at gatherings. Alcohol has a diuretic effect, which means it increases urine production and can cause the loss of vital fluids from your body, which can result in dehydration. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 01, 2023 06:00 AM IST

7. Prioritize hydration: People frequently forget to drink enough water over the holiday season, especially when alcohol is abundant at gatherings. Alcohol has a diuretic effect, which means it increases urine production and can cause the loss of vital fluids from your body, which can result in dehydration. (Unsplash)

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8. Low-calorie beverages: Make hydration a priority in an effort to combat this. Make it a point to hydrate yourself throughout the day, especially if you intend to drink alcohol. Alternating between alcohol and water helps keep you hydrated while also limiting your alcohol consumption. To consume fewer calories, take into account selecting beverages with fewer calories or without alcohol. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 01, 2023 06:00 AM IST

8. Low-calorie beverages: Make hydration a priority in an effort to combat this. Make it a point to hydrate yourself throughout the day, especially if you intend to drink alcohol. Alternating between alcohol and water helps keep you hydrated while also limiting your alcohol consumption. To consume fewer calories, take into account selecting beverages with fewer calories or without alcohol. (Shutterstock)

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