Keeping off the pounds during Dashain

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18 Sep 2017
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Here are some simple ways of getting your heart rate pumped up and burning calories

It's the festive season. And if you are just like me, then you must be thinking about all the scrumptious delicacies that will be whipped up by your mom and relatives. In addition to the meals, I am also looking forward to the gatherings with friends that are bound to include rounds of cards and 'festive drinking'. 


Gyms and fitness clubs are usually closed at this time of the year--who can blame them, right?--and that means we have to go the extra mile to get working and sweating it out. Here are some simple ways of getting your heart rate pumped up and burning calories.

Body-weight workouts

Within the comfort of your own room, do some body-weight exercises. These are lauded for not just helping you with your weight-loss goals, but also with helping you achieve a more toned physique.

TRY: Do not forget to warm up with moves like jogging in place and some twisting of your body. Then, do a circuit training of 15-20 squats, 8-10 push ups, 10 walking lunges on each leg, 20-second plank, 10-15 burpees and 30 jumping jacks. Complete three sets of the entire circuit, and just as you would on other days, mix things up by including other body-weight moves, such as mountain climbers, tuck jumps, tricep dips, stair climb with bicep curls and the superman. Remember to cool down with stretches after you finish the circuit. 

Leisure walks

We all know how KTM city tends to be less crowded--fewer vehicles on the roads also means less pollution--during the holidays, which makes it the perfect time to get out of the house and take a walk. Walking will help you relax before the festive rush, and it's one of those rare times when you can (somewhat) enjoy a clearer view of the city's landscape and breathe in cleaner air.


Apart from working up a sweat, it is equally important to take some time out of your busy festivities gatherings and get some 'me' time. It's as simple as getting up a little earlier than usual, getting yourself in a modified Om position, closing your eyes and consciously breathing.

TIP: If you are not familiar with practising this on your own, get some expert help online. There are many amazing yoga/meditation videos on YouTube that can help achieve your mental-health goals.

Food/eating habits

As the saying goes, 'Fit bodies are made in the kitchens.' Yes, #fitbodies, you deserve a pat on your back if you manage to work out during this season, but all of those efforts will be in vain if you do not watch your calories.

Plan your gatherings and food-intake limit accordingly
There are bound to be various invitations--from office parties to friends' gatherings and extended family reunions--which also means a free flow of high-calorie foods, sweets and drinks. To help you limit your calories and avoid over-indulging, I recommend that you plan out your meal before such events. For instance, if you have a gathering in the evening and you plan to enjoy a cocktail or two, eat smaller and healthier meals throughout the day and indulge later. Invitations to two parties in one day? Make conscious decisions and efforts to, say, have sweets at one and avoid them at the next.

Watch those titbits! 

More than the meals, we tend to consume more calories unconsciously during Dashain reunions, with our nibbling on snacks while catching up or playing cards. It is quite difficult to keep track of those calories, and thus the best option would be to opt for healthier snacks.

TRY: When hosting your own party, offer healthier, non-fried snacks such as nuts, popcorn, black chickpeas, sadheko achar and veggie sticks.
If you are invited to a party (where there will definitely be typical fried snacks) do not go on an empty stomach, so you can avoid them and enjoy your Dashain lunch/dinner.

Do not drink your calories
Another aspect of our festivities is the drinks--both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

TRY: I am a big advocate of non-carbonated drinks, and if you must have them, limit your intake by drinking a glass of plain water in between your colas. This will keep you fuller and hydrated, which will keep you from reaching for the next drink. Having alcohol? Avoid mixers with sugar-laden juices and stick to 'on the rocks', or add soda to your drink.

Load up on probiotics

Most of us tend to experience an upset tummy after hours and/or days of indulging in rich foods during this season. To help you deal with indigestion, include probiotic-rich foods in your diet such as yogurt (sugar-free, please!), fermented achars, kimchi and pickles.

TRY: Make your own pickles. Slice cucumbers and place them in a jar. Make a solution of salt and water and pour it into the jar.

Other tips:

  • Volunteer to make and take your own healthy snacks to a house party/gathering.
  • Eat healthy and avoid processed food items, especially before a party.
  • Don't be so hard on yourself and allow a few indulges. After all, eating everything in moderation prevents bingeing. 
  • To motivate yourself, be mentally strong when avoiding foods. Instead of saying "I can't/shouldn't have that," say "I choose not to have that". Psychologically, knowing that you made a choice makes you feel better and more committed to your decision.
  • Be sure to have a little sweat session, and it does not have to be an hour-long one. Schedule at least 30 minutes every day, and you are good to go.

    Sujita wishes you a very Happy Dashain!