During Diwali, the festival of lights, we meet and greet family and friends, light lamps, burst crackers and indulge ourselves in delicious Diwali sweets and savouries. Festivals are for throwing caution to the wind and enjoying food as it’s meant to. However, as we bid adieu to Diwali, the festival of lights, with a heavy heart, it is also time to come back to our normal routine. How to lose weight after heavy Diwali festive binge? Read these 7 post-Diwali weight loss tips.
Eat mindfully and in moderation: Feast on gunjiyas, moong dal halwa, kaju katli, mohan thal or shakkar paras, but in moderation. This way you will not only not have a hard time giving them up, but also won’t feel withdrawal pangs.
Also, I don’t eat just for the sake of eating; it only piles on calories. I love gunjiyas and moong dal halwa made by my mother, so I prefer to eat only those instead of everything that’s been offered to me. Mindful eating helps.
Condition your mind: Condition your mind that this feast is going to end soon. Our mind is a very smart engine – once you tell it something, it usually listens and respects.
Don’t stop abruptly: Start giving up things little by little each day and slowly peter it out. This way again, you won’t have withdrawal pangs.
Start exercising: Once you start exercising, you will realise you are ready to give up on your Diwali sweets. Exercising pushes us towards mindful eating.
Having said that don’t stop exercising during Diwali. Even if you can’t go to the gym for weight lifting or Zumba classes, at least go for walks or practise Yoga at home. This will keep your metabolism and motivation level up.
Give the sweets away: If you are not able to resist the sweets even after Diwali is gone, maybe it’s time to give away those sweets. I usually make Diwali sweets in limited quantity, they last only a few days until after Diwali. Once the mithais are over, I know it’s time to get back to routine life.
Don’t crash diet: People resort to crash diets to lose weight after festivals. That’s a wrong way to do it. Eating normal homemade food with exercise helps you in getting back your groove.
Practise detox: Instead of crash diets, I prefer detoxifying my body. Most festival or holiday weight is due to water retention caused by excess salt intake and can be lost quickly. Hence, for detox, I eat gourds and millet roti and consume plenty of water with lemon-ginger-mint-cucumber-kiwi. I avoid dairy, sugar and salt for a day or two. It works as a diuretic and I lose retained water.
These are my 7 tips on how to lose weight after heavy Diwali festive binge. What are your post-Diwali weight loss tips?