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4 things must do right after eating a heavy or greasy meal

Published on:14 November 2020, 13:00pm IST
Had a delicious meal that was heavy and laden with oil? Follow these tips to minimise the harmful effects.
Geetika Sachdev
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Try these 4 things after hogging on a greasy meal. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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You might be really health-conscious as a person, but it is only human to experience some strong cravings from time to time. Come winter, and it’s difficult to keep ourselves away from comfort foods like the steaming butter naan and dal makhani, or the all-time favourite gajar ka halwa.

With the festive season here, we’ve got more reasons to gorge on our favourite foods. It’s not a bad idea to enjoy a sinful meal once in a while, but if you are someone who goes overboard at every opportunity, there are a few things you must keep in mind to minimise the harmful effects of certain foods which are heavy or greasy.

All set to know? Here are 4 things you need to do after a heavy meal to reduce any discomfort or harm to your health:

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1. Drink lukewarm water

If you’ve hogged on oily food, drink a glass of lukewarm water. This will help you soothe and activate your digestive system. Water serves as a carrier for nutrients and waste products. So, drinking lukewarm water aids the breaking down of nutrients in a digestible form. If you skip having this right after a meal, the small intestine will absorb water from the food that you’ve consumed. More often than not, it leads to dehydration and constipation.

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Chug down that glass of lukewarm water to avoid constipation and dehydration. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Take a short walk

After you consume a heavy meal, bloating comes uninvited and causes a whole lot of discomfort. Turns out, taking a short 20-minute walk after a heavy meal can make digestion a smooth and seamless affair. What’s more, it also helps you lose weight. Sounds like a big win-win, isn’t it? So, ladies, make sure you go for a walk outside or even indoors after a greasy meal.

Also, read: Forget brisk walking and try lateral walking instead to lose weight

3. Stay away from cold foods

It’s easy to reach out for that huge bowl of vanilla ice-cream after relishing a satisfying Indian meal. In fact, most of us have been doing this for years. Well, it’s a big mistake. Cold foods, when eaten right after consuming a heavy or greasy meal, can have an adverse effect on the liver, stomach and intestines. The food you’ve eaten is difficult to digest, and when you consume cold foods right after, the digestion process is put under excessive stress. It might cause severe indigestion and bloating.

things to do after having a large meal
skip that bowl of ice cream. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Plan your next meal

If you’ve overeaten for one meal, you have to ensure that the next meal is light. Try to consume more fruits and vegetables along with adding a dose of protein. Practice mindful eating. Pay attention to chewing your food instead of spending your energy on your smartphone or any other gadget. It will help you feel more satisfied.

Make sure to follow these tips after a heavy meal to avoid feeling uncomfortable!

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Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.