Diwali 2023: Want To Shed Some Festive Kilos? Here Are 10 Easy Weight Loss Hacks

From nutrition to sensible eating, here’s your ultimate guide to post-festival weight loss.

Diwali 2022: Want To Shed Some Festive Kilos? Here Are 12 Easy Weight Loss Hacks
Diwali celebrations almost always put a heavy burden on us.

After the feast is over, evidence of growing our knowledge, weight, and mistakes become more visible.

So making additional adjustments to our diet and exercise habits to shave calories for the desired weight is a post-Diwali must-if you’re not extra weight and covered in tons of toxins.

Below are 10 simple hacks that really work.

Choose the one that works for you. Or do it all in one or two week rotations.

Trust me, you won’t feel any loss!

1. Cut 100 calories (or more) every day

Cut calories

The good news is, minus 100 calories = one dietary change—yes, that’s all you need.
After all, what is 100 calories – only one fat (15g trust me).

That’s actually less calories than a burger, or two cookies or 2,000 extra steps each day.

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2. The salad trick

Begin meals with salad.

Always finish your meal with a salad. Research is clear on this – when we start a meal with a salad, we eat more calories than when we don’t.

Chop the salad dressing (1½ tablespoons dressing or less for 1½ cups salad). Cover your salad; it tastes best dressed or undressed.
Also, when eating out, ask for salad dressing on the side, not on your salad, and dip your fork into the vegetables before slicing.

This little map can help you cut a lot of calories.

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3. Check the section

Eat small portions of food.


Big portions are always big villains.

Check the size of all the food you eat, preferably take small amounts of food and drink.
Just one step can make or break your weight loss efforts.

4. Nutrition

Munch on fruits instead of wafers.

Choose your food carefully.

A hard-boiled egg (about 75 calories) will cost more than half a biscuit (about the same number of calories).

About 100 calories per serving-
• apple (medium): 75-95 kcal
• oranges: 45-60 kcal
• banana: 90-100 kcal
• 20 carrots (100 g): 40 kcal
• 2 spoons of hummus: 50 kcal
• 10 cherry tomatoes: 30 kcal
• whole grain (very little; about 3 g) chocolate toast: 100 kcal
• A cup of tea with semi-sweet milk: 10-15 kcal
• A cup of coffee with semi-sweet milk: 20 kcal
• 100 g cottage cheese: 86 Kcal
• 1 cup of low-fat milk: 100 kcal
• 1 small bowl (100 g) low-fat yogurt with strawberries (100 g): 100 kcal

Want to be stronger?
Print a list of low-calorie smoothies – about 25 calories each – in the fridge and grab them when you’re running errands.

• 1 large carrot
• 1 tomato
• 1 apricot
• 1 stalk of broccoli
• 1/2 cup spinach (cooked)
• 2 cucumbers
• 1 cup cabbage
• 2 olives

Note: All calories are shown and subject to change

5. Limit alcohol and coffee

Weight loss
Cut down on alcohol and coffee.


If you drink alcohol, limit your daily consumption to one drink for women and two for men, as recommended by experts.

Today’s healthy options for many people can contain as many calories as lunch. So watch your coffee calories.

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6. Stick to blue tea

Weight loss
Green tea can help.


There are about 150 calories in a cup. These three days add up to an additional 450 calories.

Add juice and sugary treats to your diet, and you almost need a calculator to calculate your liquid calories — worse, they won’t fill you up as well.

This is because your body doesn’t absorb calories from liquid the same way it does from solid food, so you don’t get the “stop eating” signal.
So stick to water and green tea and get your calories from more nutritious and satisfying foods.

7. Eat wisely for Weight Loss

Weight loss
Be mindful when you eat out.


When eating out, try these tactics –
• Order the smallest size or split with a friend
• Enjoy steamed rice instead of cooked rice
• Drink water instead, or diet drinks in general
• Use clear soup instead of soup or thick soup

8. Through the buffet

Weight loss
Order from the a-la carte menu


When dining out, skip to the buffet and order from the a la carte menu.

Prepare boiled, grilled, steamed, poached, fried and lightly salted dishes with clear beef from soy sauce like fried or fried, au gratin, cream, leather, cream and cheese sauce, bread or dough, hollandaise and gravy.

9. Switch to chutneys and avoid pickles For Weight Loss

Weight loss
Mango and Mint chutneys are healthier than pickles.

Cut fat, not flavor, in your food. Learn how to get rid of the lack of fat so that food doesn’t taste too lean.

One way to do this is to eat chewing gum instead of salted mangoes, tomatoes, mint (pudina), tamdir (imli), coriander (daniya).

This is healthier and fat free.

  1. Cut the vegetable or fruit into pieces and place in a tall jar.
  2. Fill up the jar with vinegar and water in a 50:50 proportion.
  3. Add salt and spices (red chilies, green chillies, pickling spices, mustard seeds).
  4. Screw lid shut, shake well and store for a month.
  5. It tastes just fine even minus the fat or sugar.

10. Bake Your ‘Fries’

Weight loss
Switch to baking instead of frying.


Instead of frying potatoes in oil or, worse, buying frozen or ready-made fried potatoes or chips, bake your own the healthy way.

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (215°C).
  2. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Arrange the sliced potatoes or wedges on it and spray once more.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, then bake for 45 minutes or until brown and crisp.
  5. Don’t forget to turn the slices once while baking.


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