Cut sugars, the smart way

Celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija shares some tips to your rescue.

By Author  |  Published: 9th Nov 2018  4:00 pmUpdated: 9th Nov 2018  4:15 pm

Sweets are too hard to let go of. But, you can always outsmart the temptation by indulging your sweet tooth with a different and healthier form of sugar.

Celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija shares some tips to your rescue.

Sugar, not fat

Not all sweets are born equal. Some, like rasgullah, are high in sugar while others like gulab jamun are high in sugar and fat. While it’s best to control sweets of all kinds, if you must, indulge in only sweet-based desserts like dark chocolate, plain sandesh, mishti doi, rasgullah, jellies, and custards to reduce the impact on your health post season.

Low fat Vs low calorie

Just because something is low fat, doesn’t mean that it is low calorie. A sweet is a sweet and should be treated as such, unless it is sweetened with healthier alternative sweeteners.

Dry fruits

If you have an option, go for dry fruits instead of mainstream sweets. Moderate amounts of dry fruits (say, a small handful a day) contain loads of good fats and are good for you.

Exercise

Step up the workouts this season, because your body will thank you for it on the New Years. Fight the instinct to stay curled up in the comfort of your inertia.

Hydrate

Drink water and lots of it (about 2-3 litre per day)! Your hunger and thirst centres are set very close together and sometimes we eat because we’re thirsty. And while we’re here, don’t forget that alcohol adds tons of liquid calories. So, a glass of wine once or twice a week is really the healthiest way to drink your calories.

Sleep

Sleep is the best for health and weight management technique. Don’t underestimate the power of a good sleep. It has proven benefits for weight loss and health management.