En­joy the sweets and savouries this fes­tive sea­son, but do so with­out pil­ing on the ki­los

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Be it jalebis dipped in rabri or deep-fried pako­das and samosas, fes­tiv­i­ties are all about sweets and savouries. Dur­ing Di­wali, it’s hard to re­sist the temp­ta­tion to gorge our­selves on these tasty things. The bad news is, if one is on a diet, Di­wali might de­rail it.

How­ever, ex­perts give us tips on how not to binge eat and what to keep in mind. Skip fake sweet­en­ers:

One of­ten picks food items with ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers, think­ing they have fewer calo­ries. These sweet­en­ers trick our bod­ies into think­ing that it will re­ceive calo­ries in the form of sugar, which should sat­isfy our crav­ing. How­ever, since that doesn’t hap­pen, we end up with crav­ings and then binge eat. “One then eats calo­rie-dense foods that are not just high gly­caemic in­dex carbs (e.g. a cookie) but also loaded with trans fats,” says nutri­tion­ist Mun­mun Ganer­i­wal.

Trans fats are bad, and high gly­caemic in­dex carbs give one an en­ergy spike that doesn’t last long. It’s bet­ter to go for nat­u­ral sugar that comes from sug­ar­cane. “Make sweets at home to en­sure good qual­ity in­gre­di­ents. Avoid sweets from shops that mass pro­duce,” ad­vises Ganer­i­wal.

Go for home-cooked food: Home-cooked fried food is not bad, as you’d use good qual­ity oil that has not been reused. Pack­aged prod­ucts have un­healthy trans-fats. “Home-cooked sweets have dry fruits, ghee, milk, sugar and even grains that reg­u­late blood sugar, mak­ing you feel more en­er­getic,” says Ganer­i­wal.

Also, eat only one savoury item at a time, and don’t in­dulge in too much fried — es­pe­cially deep-fried — food.

Don’t think just calo­ries, think nu­tri­tion: Even when you pick sweets, choos­ing what you eat is im­por­tant. “Take ras­gulla over gu­lab ja­mun, as ras­gulla has cal­cium and pro­tein. Sim­i­larly, pick kheer — rich in pro­tein and cal­cium — over carb-heavy sooji ka halwa,” sug­gests nutri­tion­ist Kavita Dev­gan.

Go slow with al­co­hol: Sip on al­co­hol slowly and don’t mix your drinks. Sip­ping slowly gives you time to think and the abil­ity to stop with­out drink­ing too much. Don’t drink on an empty stom­ach and have wa­ter after ev­ery glass. “Keep your body hy­drated; it low­ers the temp­ta­tion to have cola and al­co­hol,” says Dev­gan.

Have a small whole­some snack: Be­fore leav­ing the house, have a healthy snack to avoid eat­ing out. “Poha, upma, cheese toast, or rotighee and jag­gery roll are a few op­tions,” says Ganer­i­wal.

Don’t miss work­ing out: Dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, we of­ten skip work­ing out, when this is ac­tu­ally the most cru­cial time for be­ing ac­tive, what with all the ex­tra calo­rie in­take. So, ex­er­cise reg­u­larly. As Dev­gan says, “Main­tain­ing your weight would spare you the trou­ble of shed­ding the ex­tra ki­los later.”

Go easy on sug­ary, deep-fried snacks and limit your drink­ing

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