Getting into shape has never been an easy task. The monsoons are here, and that only makes it harder on our gym routines and outdoor workouts, doesn’t it? But before you go beating yourself up over hitting the snooze button for the tenth day in a row, take a look at these diet tweaks that could actually make up for those stay-in-bed monsoon days.Alter Your Diet: Simple modifications in Your Diet won’t cost you too much this monsoon. Of course, you will probably feel like piping hot bhajiyas, samosas and pakodas, but swap them for steamed or roasted corn, a bowl of clear, piping hot soup or a cuppa green tea instead. You’ll thank us for that svelte waistline later. Also, sauteed and steamed preparations are great lunch and dinner options.
Change Your Cooking oil: If you usually use groundnut oil, coconut oil or mustard oil, now would be a good time to switch to a healthier oil like canola or rice bran oil. Your food will be lighter and more easily digestible, making sure you don’t pile on the pounds.
Drink Lots of Water: Studies suggest that drinking lots of water can amount to considerable weight loss. Now you may not feel as thirsty in the monsoon as you did during summer, but gulping down enough water through the day will help in boosting your immune system, which in turn makes you look young and healthy. Besides, drinking lots of water is an easy way to feel full without having to overeat.
Avoid Sugary Drinks: The monsoon may call for hot chocolate and loads of coffee and tea. But that only means added sugar in your diet. Artificial sweeteners can wreak havoc on your waistline too. Quench your thirst with water and fresh juices that do not have added sugar. Keep your body hydrated and flush out toxins with the intake of fruits instead of fizzy drinks.
Control Your Portions: An easy way to cut down your food portions is by not carrying the entire serving dish to the table. Divide your meal if you have to in the kitchen; looking at the bowl full of curry may make you crave for more, resulting in overeating. You must also learn to end your meal the moment you feel full.