Here are 5 tips to help you stay healthy and lose weight while fasting Navratri
The Navratri festivities will begin today, Thursday October 7 of this year, which means that many Hindu devotees will observe the fast for nine days. As devotees observe this long fast, it is only natural that they can indulge in delicious festive dishes like pooris and fried sabudana tikkis. However, high-calorie fried foods may not be too healthy to eat for nine consecutive days. It is therefore important that you maintain a healthy and balanced diet during the next Navratri.
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Navaratri is a time when several devotees pray to the goddess Durga and observe a fast. Along with having religious significance, fasting can also help detoxify your body and rid it of harmful calories.
Here are some tips you can follow if you want to keep a healthy fasting routine:
1. If you only eat meals once a day, make sure portion sizes don’t double. Eat a limited amount of food, even if it’s just once a day. Don’t overeat as it can contribute to your weight gain.
2. Try to eat a balanced diet instead of consuming fried foods like pooris, tikkis that are high in calories and unhealthy fats. Include fruits, lightly sautéed vegetables, dosas and idlis made with Kuttu flour. You can also include dried fruits like almonds, cashews, and raisins for snacks.
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3. Water is one of the most essential components of a healthy Navratri fast. Stay hydrated throughout the day to avoid dehydration.
4. Include fiber in your diet. Instead of consuming starchy foods like potatoes, add foods like raw apples, pumpkin, and gourd to help keep you full throughout the day.
5. In addition to following a healthy diet, it is also essential that you maintain a defined sleep cycle that gives you enough time to rest.