Maintain Your Weight This Festive Season
India – a land of festivals! Festivals are the time to celebrate with friends and family. The festive season comes with its special mouth-watering delicacies mingled with the love of near and dear ones – both, a treat for the heart. During festivals everyone wants to look their best. Be it your health, skin, hair or clothes, you want perfection. With so many festivals round the corner one cannot deny the fact that one and all want to be in the best of shape, have a flawless, radiating skin that has a glow and have hair that are healthy, smooth and shiny.
Here are a few weight loss program tips that will help to be in good shape, give the glowing skin that you aim for and have healthy, lustrous hair throughout the festivals.
HOW TO STAY HEALTHY AND MAINTAIN WEIGHT
Festivals come with mouthwatering delicacies which are a treat for the heart. Maintaining a healthy diet becomes difficult with so many goodies around you – mithais and farsans. However, it is imperative that those suffering from an ailment or in dire need of shedding weight keep a watchful eye on the food that they are consuming. Here are a few tips that will not allow you to pile up the extra pounds, allow you to stay healthy and still let you be a part of the festivities:
1. Eat small portions: Eating small portions of deep fried snacks, sweets and other foods high in fat will not only help in controlling weight gain but will also help in keeping the blood sugar levels in diabetics under control. It will also decrease the accumulation of unwanted fat in those with cholesterol and other clinical conditions.
2. Try and say NO to second helpings: Even if the food is tempting keep your plate down after you are done with the first helping. Say NO to anyone insisting on a second helping. This will prevent over-eating of foods that are high calories and fat.
3. Eat before you step out: Before leaving for a party or a get-together eat a light snack like a fruit or a salad or a bowl of vegetable soup as this will help you curb the appetite and prevent bingeing on the food there
4. Use low fat ingredients: When preparing sweets and traditional foods at home, use low fat milk and dairy products. Instead of sugar opt for natural sweeteners like dates, jaggery, etc. Also, use whole wheat flour instead of refined flour, avoid dalda or vanaspati ghee for preparing sweets and try baking instead of deep frying.
5. Make a healthy choice of foods: Opt for dried fruits and nuts over the sugary and fried snacks. Even though they are high in calories they contain a lot more good nutrients. As against them, most of the sweets and snacks are made of refined flour and refined sugar which contains very less nutritive value.
6. Mind the beverages: Carbonated beverages and most non-alcoholic beverages are loaded with sugar and contain only empty calories which are difficult to get rid of later. Watch the calories that you drink. Opt for mildly sweetened nimbu paani, jal jeera, fresh juices, etc instead.
7. Do not forget to exercise: Even if it’s the festive season exercise when possible
8. Alcohol: Overindulgence in alcohol can help pile up the empty calories. Keep a watch on the amount you drink and avoid the sugar beverages or sodas with them.
SKIN CARE DURING FESTIVAL
Looking your best is what one is always aiming for – more so during the festive days. A glowing, healthy skin is just a part of that. The most essential ingredient for the special glow and radiance is a happy attitude towards life and a stress free mind. Apart from the usual cleansing, toning and moisturizing routines, some extra care needs to be taken during the festive days:
1. Limit the intake of sweets & fried foods: High intake of sugary and fried foods can not only add extra fat around your face and make you look puffy but can also lead to breakouts and dull skin. High intake of refined sugar and simple carbohydrates like refined flour, white bread, fried foods and soda activates inflammation in the body causing dull and wrinkled skin.
2. Exercise regularly: In the hustle of shopping, socializing and attending the parties one needs to find time to exercise. Exercise increases the blood flow to the skin thus helping in nourishing the skin cells and keeping them healthy.
3. Keep yourself hydrated: Drinking a minimum of 10 to 12 glasses of water a day and eating foods high in water content like cucumbers, melons, oranges etc. will prevent your skin from turning dry and flaky. Dry skin has less flexibility and is more prone to wrinkling.
4. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables: Eat fresh fruits, greens, and foods rich in proteins and vitamins. A diet rich in vitamin C and Vitamin E promotes radiant skin.
5. Sleep: Have at least 8 hours of sleep at night. Our body is recovering during sleep by making new collagen which prevents sagging of skin. Also, the blood flow to the skin is increased during sleep giving the skin a healthy glow. Sleep deprivation can lead to a dull skin.
6. Keep the skin clean: It is important to take off the skin make up before sleep to maintain a healthy, glowing skin.
HAIR CARE DURING FESTIVAL
Maintaining good quality hair during the festive season is a challenge with the late nights, eating sessions, firecrackers and the pollution in the air. Also, daily styling and experimenting with the hair leaves it in a very bad state. So, start taking care of them from a few days prior to the celebrations with a few tips here:
1. Oil your scalp: Oiling has always been a part of our tradition and is known to nourish the scalp. It also helps to keep your hair healthy and retain its naturals shine. So, go for it once a week.
2. Protein: Hair is made mainly of protein and ensuring enough protein in the diet makes your hair strong and healthy. Lack of protein intake will make your hair dry, brittle and weak. Eat beans, legumes, chicken, eggs, and dairy products for their high protein content.
3. Iron: Iron is an important mineral for hair and too little iron is a major cause for hair loss. The hair follicles and roots are fed by the nutrient rich blood supply. Low iron levels would disrupt the supply of nutrients to the hair follicles affecting hair growth and can cause falling of hair.
4. Foods that are rich in vitamin A moisturize the hair and foods rich in zinc help in hair tissue growth and repair. See that you get them in plenty.