Worried about piling on those hard-lost kilos this news years eve? Not anymore. Follow these guidelines to stay fit while partying hard.
New years eve is just around the corner, and partying hard till wee hours in the morning is on everyone’s list. Yet, most of us wake up the next morning with a heavy guilt pang & an upset stomach from over-eating or excessive drinking only to dread stepping on the weighing scale.
CHEAT CODE NO.5 – PRE PARTY MEAL
Partying on new year’s eve means eating your dinner post midnight, after an extended session of eating calorie dense appetisers, cocktails or fizzy drinks. Eating a wholesome meal pre-party ensures that you eat at regular intervals, keeps your gut healthy, prevents bloating the next day and keeps you from binging on fried snacks or unhealthy party starters.
Meal options – eat a serving of Fresh salads with cous cous or quinoa or sprouts or chicken, fruit & nut smoothies, home made soups, coleslaw sandwiches to keep you going till your midnight meal.
CHEAT CODE NO.4 – HYDRATION
Hydrating yourself well all through your party keeps you away from the dehydrating effects of alcohol, fizzy drinks & preserved foods. Hydration helps eliminating toxins and keeps your skin fresh & glowing the next day. Keep a bottle of water handy or sip on tonic water, plain soda, fresh lemonade through your party. ALERT! Alcohol, colas, mocktails/cocktails are not hydrating foods.
Also read – the truth about colas
CHEAT CODE NO.3 – CHOSE THE BAD AMONGST WORST
Lets face it – no food served at parties or restaurants is healthy, be it roasted or baked or filled with spinach. So, chose wisely from the options available to you. My advice – ditch the snacks and eat the main course.
The Bad – rice preparations, tandoori roti, kebabs, barbecued veggies, tomato based pasta, salad wraps, baked potato, wok veggies, thai curry
The worse – flavoured nuts, indian mithai, cream crackers, biscuits, bread preparations, naan, roomily roti, cutlets, dumplings, momos, steamed wontons
The Worst – salad dressings, heavy soups, fried snacks, chips, fizzy drinks, syrups, desserts, fried nuggets
How healthy are baked potatoes?
CHEAT CODE NO.2 – EAT WHAT YOU NEED
Ideally, you food intake should match up to 80% of your hunger and not more. Eating a tad bit lesser gives way for healthy digestion, prevents an overload of calories and keep you active throughout the night. Fill you plate with veggies followed by healthy meat/ eggs/ paneer/ beans and lastly with grains. Eat slowly, chew properly and do not move around too much while eating.
CHEAT CODE NO.1 – WATCH YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE
Alcohol is the base of all new year parties, with clubs offering ‘unlimited alcohol’ options. However tempting as it may sound – limit your alcohol intake to 3 DRINKS. Follow these guidelines to drink safely;
- Do not mix alcohol with fruit juice, sugar, colas or syrups. Ditch the cocktails and opt for the good old wine / scotch on the rocks or root beer.
- Sip your drink instead of gulping it down. This way your drink lasts longer and your chances of a hangover decrease.
- Make sure you have had a pre party meal before your drinking session.
- Do not eat appetisers or snacks with alcohol.
- Drink a glass of water between each drink.
- 1 serving = 1 pint beer or 250 ml glass wine or 30 ml single malt whiskey/ scotch
And for those who have managed to cheat the cheat codes – here are some hangover remedies for the new year 😉
Party Wise, Stay Fit and Have a Happy New Year!!