Diwali, the extensively rejoiced Indian festival of lights presently got over. It was celebrated bountifully around the world. Sweets were exchanged, houses were adorned, and people burst crackers with their full zest. Now, the festival is through but it has left behind its impact. The prime impact that Diwali (or any festival for that matter of fact) has on something is our weights. During the festive period, people tend to be pulled towards the sweets and junk without realizing the ill effects that these products can leave on their physical condition. The endless munching of ladoos, barfis, and pedas does not seem like a big deal at all in the true moment. However, it is later on that the realization hits us.
The weight goes up by a few kilos and the stomach starts to bloat. We worry and search for the best gym memberships in order to shed all of that extra weight. But little do we help ourselves as the diet that we follow barely has all the essential nutrients required to maintain one’s health. No matter how much we workout, unless we don’t change our diet, no amount of exercise can help us. Following are a few Indian food that can help one to stay in or get back into shape.
- Pulses or Dals: Pulses or dals are an immensely good source of vitamins, amino acids, and minerals. They are also rich in Vitamin A, B, C, E and minerals, like calcium, iron, and potassium. If you have started a slimming diet routine, substitute every other dal with moong dal for a few months. Moong dal is low in fat content and therefore it is very helpful for a person trying to lose weight. Pulses are also rich in proteins and dietary fiber which assists in managing blood sugar levels keeping it under control and helping in digestion while also controlling high blood cholesterol. The traditional Indian dals become much more health when they are cooked with vegetables and when the oil quotient is kept low.
- Paneer: Paneer is the most liked cheese and is considered to be the chicken for vegetarians. It is an extremely soft cheese which makes it impossible to have an aversion towards it. Paneer is an enormously healthy food and can be cooked into a number of lip-smacking delicacies for consumption. It has a protein value of 11g per 100g, thereby making it a very rich source of protein. In order to maintain or regain a certain body type, paneer is an essential food that should be included in one’s diet.
- Curd/Yogurt: One more milk product, curd or yogurt is quite good for health. The fact that it is made from fermented milk with certain bacteria makes it a great constituent for weight loss. Yogurt also helps in digestion due to the bacteria present in it. Curd can also be substituted (in some dishes) for the cream to convey the special creamy texture. Curd also helps the body to protect itself from harsh hot weathers. In the world of Indian food, curd or yogurt is altered into delicious dishes, like raita, and drinks, like lassi, which makes health even more full of flavor.
- Haldi (Turmeric): Haldi is one of the most important spices to be used in all Indian dishes which not only adds color but also blesses your special dish with an incredible flavor. Turmeric is also popular for its many healing properties. Researchers have shown that Haldi includes a component curcumin which switches off those genes that enlarge heart. Besides that, Haldi is also known to trim down cholesterol and high blood pressure. It also increases proper blood circulation throughout the body and prevents blood clotting. If consumed daily, Haldi reduces the risk of heart attacks. So, since it offers so many health benefits, it should definitely be an integral part of your after Diwali diet regime.
Exercising and working out are both absolute essentials of losing weight and getting back into shape. However, these two alone cannot do all the work. Even your fitness trainer will give you the diet chart that you must follow in order to get your desired result. People often tend to ignore their dietary practices and solely concentrate on the sweating and exercising component. Maintaining a healthy body structure can only be done when people realize the importance of eating healthy because as they say, “90% of the abs are made in the kitchen”.