It was celebrations galore the last few weeks - Ganesh Chaturthi and Bakrid being the two major ones.
Festival times bring us closer to family and friends, but at the same time festivals also mean a bummer on diets and healthy eating.
A lot of us must have taken full advantage of the festive season and gorged on the sweets and snacks full on. Don't feel guilty; it's not your fault. In fact, scientists have recently found that human DNA is wired to crave sugar.
Indulging in festive food usually translates to weight-gain post the festivities. It is important to lose this weight in the healthiest way possible.
Instead of starving yourself and depriving your body of the nutrients, switch to healthier options.
Here are a few ways in which you can tweak your diet to lose weight effectively.
1) Include Fruits
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. They are a rich source of various vitamins and minerals. They are also rich in fibre and low in calories and fat, making them an ideal food for weight-loss.
While losing weight, it is important to consume food which fills up your stomach but isn't too high on calories. This way, your hunger pangs are kept at bay while encouraging your body to burn fat for energy.
Fruits are also low in fat. Avoid fruit juices though as they are striped off their fibre content and usually contain added sugar. Instead, opt for whole fruits. Do not remove the skins if they are edible as most of the nutrients are present close to the skin.
2) Include Nuts
Nuts were initially condemned for their high fat content. But recent studies have proved that nuts are a powerhouse of various minerals and vitamins. They contain good fats which are essential for our body.
Nuts contain iron, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin E, zinc and other heart-healthy fats. Brazil nuts are known for the richest source of selenium which is known to boost our immune system. Walnuts are good for brain development.
It is proven that people who regularly indulge in nuts have a lower BMI compared to people who don't.
3) Include Whole Grains
For starters, whole grains are a rich source of fibre. They prevent constipation and keep our digestive tract clean and healthy. Because of the rich fibre content in whole grains, they tend to keep you full for longer, making you eat less. This in turn leads to weight loss.
4) Include Vegetables
When it comes to rapid weight loss, nothing can be compared to vegetables. They are less in calories and high in fibre. Some vegetables contain negative calories even!
That means to say that it takes more calories to eat them than the amount of calories present in them. This leads to the burning of calories just by eating them. Amazing, isn't it? That's the power of vegetables.
A tasty and crunchy salad just before your meal helps you eat less and also provides most of the recommended nutrients in a day.
Bell peppers contain more vitamin C than any other veggie. It encourages the body to burn fat, especially around the mid-section.
No matter how healthy you eat, you have to follow it up with regular exercises for effective weight loss. Exercise helps you burn calories, thereby reducing weight.
You do not necessarily have to join the gym, doing everyday tasks around the house will be sufficient. Dedicate at least an hour 4 days a week. Starting with simple exercises initially will prevent muscle sores.
Contrary to popular belief, sleeping actually encourages weight loss. Here's how. Late sleeping usually means mid-night cravings. This in turn leads to weight gain. Studies have found that you burn some amount of calories even while sleeping.
Also, sleep-deprived people burn fewer calories even when they are awake. A good night's shut eye and a healthy breakfast in the morning will keep you on the right track.
Follow these tips and tricks to effectively reduce that post-festive weight and get back to shape.