As the festive season approaches it is important to remember that while you enjoy every moment of celebration, avoiding calories is not impossible. If you donâ€™t watch your diet it will take away all the hard work you did to get in shape or demotivate you even before you start to think about it.
Moderation is the key to enjoy festive food and still keep the weighing scales in balance.Â
Few tips on how you can avoid accumulatingÂ on calories during festivals:
Use Low Fat, Low Sugar Products:Â Make use of ingredients like low fat milk, low sugar products and other dairy products to make sweets and snacks. But also do not use these products extensively under the halo effect of low fat, as these products are â€˜low fatâ€™ but not â€˜no fatâ€™.
Use Less Oil:Â Cook your food using limited quantity of oil. When you eat oily foods occasionally, you tend to consume more than what you normally consume. Hence eat less even when you eat oily foods occasionally.
Drink Lots of Water:Â When it is snack time during festivals,always Â drink a glass of water. A glass of water will make your stomach partially full. As a result you will eat less; this will help to minimize the calorie intake. When there is a get together during festivals, you can stick to the habit of eat less and talk moreâ€™ Â
Be Conscious:Â Try to be conscious of what you eat during festivals, so that you will have an idea of your food intake. You can make adjustments to your diet later or you can attend an extra workout session. But it is better that you decide in advance how much you will consume during a particular period and stick to it.
Substitute Sweets & Snacks:Â When you serve sweets and snacks, add fruits and nuts to the plate. When you just cannot resist the temptation, eat nuts and dry fruits in small quantities to reduce calorie intake.
Use Smaller Plates:Â You tend to eat less when you serve yourself in smaller plates. Even small spoons, glasses and bowls are beneficial to avoid unhealthy foods. Avoid second helping as well. This will help in keeping a good control on your portion sizes. This is strictly for your junk food quota, eat a healthy amount of main course to keep you charged up .
Enjoy the festive season and also keep in mind that these pointers so that you can get back to shape again without worries.