Holiday foods, particularly alcohol, can add extra calories without you realising it. Here are 3 simple tips to cleanse your body and lose the weight gained over the holiday season.
New Delhi: All of us are aware of the fact that party food and alcohol have a dehydrating impact on our body. Holiday foods, particularly alcohol, can go down so smoothly, adding extra calories without you realising it. If you’re trying to lose weight, you would surely want to rejuvenate yourself after party by having a good dose of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
To help support your body and mind and ease into a weight loss plan, Dr Parul Patni, Nutritionist- Lifestyle and Weight Management Expert, shares some simple strategies that will avoid pilling on the pounds this festive season. These tips, which are in the form of smoothie, salads and other healthier options, will cleanse your system and keep you from getting dehydrated.
How it works – the electrolytes in a smoothie will help you rehydrate, clear stomach in the morning – not to forget the skin glow. When we grind vegetables we are able to get nutrients which are otherwise unavailable for absorption. If you have partied hard and you want to maintain health and weight, you can opt for 2-3 glasses of vegetable smoothie during the day. During winter season carrot, beetroot, amla and raw haldi are commonly used ingredients in juice but you can make a smoothie out of it. You may pick any 2-3 types of seasonal vegetable available in your region. Add a bit of carrot or pineapple for sweetness, water for consistency and your smoothie is ready. It will keep you full for a good 2 hours.
Truth is, alcohol forms the base for socialisation in the festive season. To get the facts right 1ml of alcohol gives you 7Kcal. Different type of alcohol has a different percentage of alcohol. E.g whisky has 40% alcohol by volume. When you add sugar syrup or juices you increase the calories further, which are QUICKLY ABSORBED.
What can you do? Lower the glycemic index by having SALADS. It reduces the pace at which calories are absorbed. Another strategy can be that you alternate drink with a plain glass of water or lemon water. This will keep you stay hydrated.
Healthy sweet treats
Sweets are another attraction during Christmas and holiday season. Have sweets made from dates, jaggery, raisins, etc. If you feel hungry for SUGAR, maybe you need water. Many times you are thirsty, you read it as hunger and overeat. If you just had a piece of cake and want to go for next, then have a glass of water first. Most likely you were thirsty and you don’t need the next piece.