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    At recent Diwali parties Ia��ve been overwhelmed, as always, by the huge array of food and drinks on offer. From bubblies to single malts, food of every style of cuisine, and a groaning dessert buffet to wind down with, therea��s enough temptation to try the resolve of the most hardened dieter.
    So Diwali is now done, you might say. But wait, you know that this is just the beginning of a season of over-indulgence. Parties, weddings and celebrations will continue well into the New Year, before therea��s a collapse of your digestive system and a breakdown of your weighing scales. So I thought there was no better time to get a few tips from the pros a�� dieticians and nutritionists a�� who have to counsel, and deal with these issues through the year.
    Three bites are right
    First up, I spoke to nutrition and weight consultant Shalini Manglani. Please share one sure fire tip for weight control for the weak of heart and resolve, I asked her. a�?The best way to lose weight is not to put it on in the first place,a�? she laughed. a�?Ia��d say steer clear of the high calorie zone at parties a�� the buffets and dessert counters. And dona��t think you can a�?knock it all offa�� later. It wona��t happen.a�? But since that is something we all know about, I asked for more inputs, and she told me about her three-bite rule. a�?Restrict your indulgence to just three bites, or sips. The first to taste, the second to experience, and the third to say a�?Ia��m donea��. That way you can a�?trya�� the good stuff without a�?eatinga�� it.a�?
    Quarter it
    Next, I dialled nutritionist and wellness consultant Sheela Krishnaswamy. a�?Eat, but control portion sizes,a�? was her advice. a�?Yes, Diwali is a festival of sweets, and there are goodies everywhere, so dona��t say a complete no to everything. Try not to eat full portions a�� just a quarter of one. If you want to eat four gulab jamuns, make it just one instead. A handful of dry fruits can also help by controlling your blood sugar and dampening your craving. And dona��t give up on your physical activity.a�?
    Pick your indulgence
    Dietician Anupama Menon is another believer that a total no is not required. a�?Treat the festival as if it is a large buffet and pick one indulgence. Dona��t try everything on the buffet. Your tummy has limited space. So if there are three sweets on offer pick the one you like the most.a�? Always remember that if you eat healthy most of the time you can indulge a bit, she added. a�?No one can diet 12 months in a year.a�? Finally, adds Manglani, try and shift focus away from the food to the rest of what the celebration means to you. a�?Enjoy it all. Food is just one part of it,a�? she says.
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