5 tips to stop binge eating during Diwali!  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: It’s Diwali – the time for revelry. With all the food and delicacies around you, it’s easy to give in to temptation and gorge on those sweets and festive savouries. While your cravings are satisfied, it’s certainly a different story for your body, especially if you’re on a diet and trying to lose weight. As most of the festive foods, including sweets, are high in calories, you might end up gaining a few extra pounds unless you keep a watch on what you eat and how much of it you consume. But if you have binge eating problem, finding ways to overcome this disorder should be your priority, which is vital for losing and keeping the weight off.
Dealing with Diwali sweet cravings can be hard for most people and often many tend to make silly diet errors that can play havoc on the metabolism and a disaster for weight loss. Here are some important tips and tricks to keep in mind to help you control the festive cravings and keep away from gaining that ugly belly fat. Read – Diwali 2018: 9 simple ways cheat meals can help boost your weight loss this festive season
Perhaps, not the beer and other alcoholic drinks! Hydrating oneself at regular intervals is extremely important for your overall health. Drinking enough water helps cleanse your system of toxins, boost your metabolism, burn more calories and may even suppress your appetite if taken before meals. Dehydration can make you crave for sweets because the body can get confused between thirst and hunger – this means that you should avoid sugary beverages like sodas and other soft drinks. Instead, opt for plain water or lime or herb-infused water to keep you hydrated as well as aid weight loss.
Protein keeps your metabolism elevated and increases your satiety. It keeps you feel fuller, which may help you eat fewer calories and improve fat loss. Consume protein in the form of egg whites, chicken, fish, low-fat paneer to increase satiety at the main meals. Also, make sure that you eat a protein-rich snack before heading out for parties to help reduce your hunger, thus, helping you to avoid binge eating. Read – Diwali weight loss tips: 6 smart ways to prevent belly fat and look gorgeous during the festive season
Indulge in sweets but in limited quantity. Since traditional festival sweets and savouries are packed with calories, it’s important to eat in moderation and make the correct food choices. For instance, stick to one portion or one piece while also choosing mithais that are less sugar-laden – try picking the rasgulla instead of the gulab jamun, or squeeze the rasgulla to remove the sugary juice within it to avoid consuming lots of calories.
For sweet cravings during stress at work, having dates, figs or a piece of dark chocolate is a good option.
Try to make your own sweets and snacks at home rather than buying from the market. Swap deep-fried foods that are loaded with empty calories for healthier options. Prepare snacks using high-fibre flour, finger millet or bajra, ragi or soya along with wheat flour. Add green leafy vegetables to your family’s snacks, and use herbs and spices as flavours.
Nuts and dried fruits
For a quick energy boost and promote satiety, eat nuts, dry fruits, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, fruits, peanuts, and chana in between meals. Nuts such as cashews and almonds are high in heart-healthy fats. Have them regularly to reduce your chances of gorging on unhealthy foods, however, ensure that you maintain the portion size small as they are high calories.
Additionally, be aware of what you are consuming. This means you need to be conscious of what goes into your stomach. Remember, healthy eating is about eating smart and enjoying your food – this is the most important thing to keep in mind if you want to enjoy a guilt-free Diwali.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.