10 simple ways to follow diet plan during festive season

Diwali is just around the corner, and following a diet plan can be difficult. In India, festivities and celebrations play a significant role in our life. They are honored with a variety of delectable, decadent, and hard-to-resist treats. While enjoying these festivities, it can be quite challenging to maintain your routine diet regimen throughout the festive season. Here are 10 simple ways to follow manage your diet during this festive season.

1. Do not change ongoing diet plan and exercise routine

Just because it’s a festive season, do not change your ongoing diet plan and most importantly exercise routine. In fact, you can use additional time during festive to incorporate some outdoor fun activities. It can be a small trek nearby or a long running or cycling session on weekend.

2. Eat small portions and eat frequently.

We visit our close and dear ones and they visit us. There is always an exchange of sweets and decadent eatables. During these visits we forget our diet plan and end up eating excess. And it’s a bit snobbish to say NO to delicious sweets and snacks. So eat small portions. Just because you had a sweet at one time, don’t fast for longer duration. Your next consumption should be on time but reduce the portion size of that meal.

3. Avoid second round

Yes, with so many awesome treats around, no one can eat just one. But you need to be strong to say NO to the second helping. Because that second round of sweet is an excess of calories at one go. So Avoid second round.

4. Use right ingredient for making sweets and snacks

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 of Dalda i.e., Vanaspati Ghee is to be avoided every time. These days ‘diet’ sweets and ice creams are easily available in the market but they can be dangerous if make with too many synthetic ingredients. Use whole wheat flour instead of refined flour for making sweets and snacks.

5. Eat slowly

Yes, that’s a simple trick to avoid second helpings. Eat slowly during your fulfilled gup shups with cousins and friends. It will help you eat less sweets and snacks.

6. Choose dry fruits over deep fried snacks

Choose dry fruits if given the choice between them and sweets or deep-fried snacks. Dry fruits do have a lot of calories, but at least they are not “empty calories.” The majority of snacks and desserts use refined flour, which have virtually little nutritional value. Dry fruits have lot of good nutrients.

7. Choice of sweets

Any festivities are incomplete without sweets. But how to eat sweets during diet. Make ladoos (suji, coconut, etc.), kheer, gajar (carrot), or doodhi (bottle gourd) halwa your preferred dessert at home. In comparison to fried sweets like Gulab jamun, Jalabi, Boondi products, etc., they are nutrient-dense and have fewer calories. Try to avoid eating sugary foods and foods high in calories in the morning.

8. No to carbonated drinks and less alcohol

During festive season, while meeting friends and family, avoid carbonated drinks as they have lot of calories. You are already eating sweets and snacks so don’t burden your body with sweet drinks. Avoid large quantities of alcohol as you will end up eating more snacks along with it.

9. Drink plenty of water

Hydration is very important. When you are eating high calorie food it is important to cool yourself down. Coconut water can be an excellent choice for in between.

10. Sharing is caring

This festive season don’t be greedy and keep all the sweets and chocolates that you get only for your indulgence. Be generous. Share them with everyone in the family, relatives, neighbors and people in the area and with those who are less fortunate.

So, to summarize the above points. Eating small portions, choosing right ingredients and regular exercise are the key points to following diet plan and staying healthy during this festive season. If you are a diabetic or hypertensive, it is recommended to undergo blood sugar tests and Hba1c test before and after festive season so as to understand the blood sugar changes in the body.


At Pro diagnostics, we also provide diet planning and nutrition services. Our clinical nutrition expert, Dr. Manasi Kanetkar-Paranjape will provide you best diet plan for your requirements like weight loss, weight gain, PCOD treatment, thyroid, diabetes and hypertension diet plan. You can also book appointment here.

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Dr. Chaitrangi Paranjape, MD Pathology, she is the owner and chief pathologist at PRO diagnostics , Pune. She has more than 10 years of experience and she has worked with many renowned diagnostic centers and medical institutes including Metropolis, Nucleus, Pioneer, Sunrise diagnostics, Bharti Vidyapeeth Medical college, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences. Currently she is also working at Institute of Infectious Diseases.

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