5 Tips to Lose Weight While Fasting In Navratri

We celebrate Navratri twice a year some of us observe fast entirely or only partially and most of us avoid animal protein. If you are looking forward to attract everyone in social gatherings and upcoming festive season or just want to reduce/detoxify your body for any good reason this is the best time to do it. Since we are about to transition from fall to winter, it gives us an opportunity to give our bodies little break from routine eating habits and get ready for the upcoming festive season. Needless to say, no weight loss is healthy and permanent without moving your body to sweat.

5 Tips to Lose Weight While Fasting In Navratri

1. Eat Smart

Of course we don’t munch all day long during fasting period and as a result, we get so hungry at meal time that we eat a lot. This slows down our metabolism and keeps us away from our weight loss goal. Here is a smart tip, foods eaten must be packed with full of energy and nutrition, while keeping calorie count in mind. Eating mindfully, chewing your food properly and keeping an eye on calories are sure shot ways to reduce your weight without losing your sanity. Please remember going into starvation mode our bodies start storing more than required and blood glucose level spikes up all of a sudden. Most dietitians recommend to eat full balanced diet (especially protein) during the day. Skipping protein entirely from your diet may lead to muscle wastage!

Here are some examples of power packed foods that one can eat during fasting. Nuts, makhana, raisins, fruits and everyone’s favorite starchy foods like sago and potato (remember moderation is the key) alternatives are sweet potato, yam, pumpkin, varai.

2. Drink Well

While fasting it’s a good idea to stay hydrated. Drinking empty calories like sugar rich juices or other energy drinks may provide instant energy but they will not help in weight reduction. Drinking plain lukewarm water just 30 to 40 minutes before and after the meal will help flushing out toxins. Some people make various combinations for detox water but it’s totally your choice. Water will not only improve your digestion or detoxification but also reduce acidity and controls blood pressure. Well hydrated skin glows like a new flower in the garden.

3. Sweat it out

As said before no weight reduction is permanent or healthy if you cheat and won’t workout. With diet chart (if your body allows) you will be able to reduce some weight and few inches also but to be honest they can actually bounce back to where you were or even more!!! If you’re seriously looking forward to reducing weight in a healthy way move your body to sweat, keep it moving till your heart start pumping faster, keep on running, dancing, stepping, skipping any thing that makes you feel motivated and full of energy till you feel tired take a break and move again. Keep moving all nine days, here I have made simple 9 days workout plan.

4. Cool it off

Calm your inner self, meditate or do yoga. This helps in blood circulation giving your skin natural glow. Take good rest and enjoy this season of festivals.

5. Mind the calorie with quantity

Below is list of foods that are normally consumed during fast with calories and a suggested healthy foods. It is recommended to add protein to your diet and not to remain hungry for long. You can mix and match things as per your calorie requirements.

Sago/sabudana Khichdi 1 cup 613
Peanuts 3/4th ounce 130
Buckwheat/kuttu roti 1 piece 150
Curd (Plain Homemade) 100gm 92
Boiled potatoes 100gm 87
Paneer bhurjee 160gms 329
Sabudana Kheer 1 cup 250
Boiled Sweet Potato 1 medium (115g) 115
Mixed fruits 0.25 cup 200

While fasting one is not supposed to eat heavy luxurious food but is expected to eat simple undecorated foods normally known as whole foods (exceptions as per beliefs). It is often recommended by dieticians that one should not stay hungry for prolonged  periods and people with medical situations or nursing/going to be mothers should consult physician before fasting.

Here is one day sample menu that you can follow. It has 1740 calories and you can add more or less depending upon your requirement as per age, sex, height, weight, and level of physical activity. In addition, your need to lose, maintain, or gain weight and other factors. Please make sure that you are eating at one balanced meal during fasting.

SAMPLE MENU Approx time Meal Calorie Quantity
Wake up 06:00 Warm to hot plain or cumin water.
Pre Breakfast 06:30 Fruit and cottage cheese 279 1 bowl
Breakfast 08:00 Boiled Sweet Potatoes mashed with *Sour Cream 290 1 cup
Pre lunch 10:00 Cucumber 36 2
Lunch 13:00 Jeera Lauki With Kuttu Roti 428 1 cup and 3 roti
Post lunch 14:00 Mixed Nuts 200 Handful
Evening Snack 16:00 Mixed Fruits 75 100 g
Pre dinner 18:00 Buttermilk 152 8 oz
Dinner 20:00 Pumpkin Subji With Mordhan 197 1cup and 100gms
Post dinner 21:00 Skim Milk 90 8 oz

Last but not the least If you are observing this fast due to spiritual reasons think, Matarani in all her nine forms is coming each day to take impurities out from your body. Imagine while following this workout and healthy lifestyle she will 7 take every nasty toxin from your body and bless you with clean and clear, bold and beautiful body. May Matarani bring joy and happiness to you and your kin.

Contributed by Kianvi

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