In festive season, limit portions to keep weight in check

Festive seaseon

This festive season, increased food and alcohol consumption coupled with staying up late can throw even the most disciplined people off their fitness regimens. It results in more weight and causes digestive problems and compromises on general well-being.

Here are a few tips to protect people from these problems.

Just like you plan your clothes and meetings, plan your eating too. If you know that you will dine out, under-eat during the day. If you've not been successful keeping it light during the day, eat less at the party. If not, then balance it out in subsequent meals or exercise a little more than usual.

Eat light snacks (salads, soups, vegetables, lentils, milk, yogurt or nuts) before the party. Don't go there on an empty stomach. You may eat most of your meal at home and choose light snacks or vegetables while you are out.

Maintain a food diary to help you track your calorie intake and make appropriate choices accordingly. Usually, festival food is high on calories, fat, salt and sugar. So eat less and keep a watch on portions, as it is easy to tip over on calories.

If you must indulge in very high calorie traditional fare, limit your portions. Don't stock sweets or chocolates at home to avoid overeating.

Remember the principle of balance. In case you have not been able to control portions and have over-eaten, balance it by compensating in the next meal or under-eating the next day. You may follow it up with a lighter meal consisting of soup and salad or milk and fruit or vegetables and yoghurt.

It may be a good idea to perform the balancing act in anticipation, prior to the festivities. This could be done a week or few days before the festival.

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