Diwali: 9 tips to fit alcohol, fat and sugar in your weight-loss diet

On Diwali, you can definitely enjoy the festivities but don't forget to follow these 9 tips for weight loss and to avoid gaining pounds.
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Hari Lakshmi Published: 23 Oct 2022, 15:00 pm IST
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Living in a country that loves to celebrate every festival throughout the year is not easy, especially when you are on a weight loss diet. This festive season, most Indian households may be stacked with an assortment of mouth-watering, rich, irresistible sweets and snacks. Even people who maintain a healthy weight tend to gain some extra pounds during this season. Here is the answer to how you keep your health, and weight on track throughout the festive season.

Here are 9 simple tips and tricks to avoid accumulating those extra pounds:

1. Smaller portion size

Small portions or sizes of fried snacks, sweets, beverages, and other fatty preparations will help you in keeping your weight under control.

2. Eat slowly

This ancient theory works best here. Instead of filling the entire plate to the brim, take small portions of fewer things. Eat them slowly and gradually.

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Will smaller portion, eat slowly. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Use low-fat ingredients

While preparing sweets at home, try using low-fat (skimmed) milk and other dairy products. Rather than refined sugar, If possible, substitute with natural sugar like honey, jaggery, and dates. Use whole wheat flour to make sweets and snacks. Get diet sweets and ice creams that are easily available in the market. Opt for them and feel less guilty.

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4. Choice of sweets

Prefer sweets like laddoos (suji, coconut, etc), Kheer, and gajar (Carrot) halwa. They are nutritious and have lesser calories than fried sweets like Gulab jamun, Jalebi, Boondi items, etc. Try to have high-calorie foods in the first half of the day.

5. Choose dry fruits over deep fried

If you have a choice between dry fruits and sweets, always opt for dry fruits. Even if they are equally high in calories, at least they are not “empty calories”.

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Don’t let nuts and dry fruits go waste! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

6. Drink water before snacking

To bring in the feeling of fullness, drink water before snacking. It will bring down your cravings and will make you eat less. You can also drink a few sips of hot water right after having sweets for better digestion.

7. Drink alcohol in moderation

Drinking by balancing alcohol with a 2:1 ratio to water is generally a good rule to follow. It is true that you’ll pee a lot but what won’t happen is too much weight gain followed by too much guilt.

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8. No to carbonated drinks

Try to avoid carbonated drinks as they add excessive empty calories, which will be very difficult to burn later.

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Control your binge drinking! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

9. Exercise regularly

You can continue with a regular exercise routine and motivate yourself to run the extra mile if you are lusting for sweets. It is perfectly fine to also relax during your festival vacations, you can resume working out after a little while


Don’t be too hard on yourself, as it is the last thing you would want. It will make things challenging. Accept your weight gain (for the moment) and focus on how you can keep it in check. Remember to have everything in moderation and do not forget to exercise

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About the Author

Hari Lakshmi is a consultant dietitian and nutritionist at Motherhood Hospitals, Alwarpet, Chennai. She completed her Bachelor's in nutrition, dietetics, and food service management from Anna Adarsh College, Chennai. She later went on to obtain her master's in Child Development and Child Nutrition from Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College for women. She has a wide experience in counseling patients with a multitude of medical conditions during her stints at reputed hospitals in Chennai. She is passionate about working with children and works for NGOs in her free time taking part in the education of children at orphanages. Additionally, she also provides them with personnel hygiene and diet lessons as well and conducts many events to provide social support for the children at orphanages. Her special interest is in maternal and child nutrition. ...Read More

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