Festivals are the time of gorging on food breaking free from all the diet plans. Binge eating during the festival is something everyone regrets soon after and when the festive lights have been packed away, it's time for a reality check. It's time to bid adieu to copious quantities of sugar and fats and welcome some real food in our lives. We all think about how to detoxify post the festive season. 

Most people confuse detoxification with weight loss. But the truth is we may or may not lose weight while detoxifying the body. Detox diet plan and weight loss diet can be different. While the former can be a little easy, the latter can be intense and strict. A detox plan is usually to get your system clean of all unhealthy eating and drinking. 

If you are not sure how to do that, don’t worry because HerZindagi exclusively spoke to Sanghamitra Chakraborty, Chief Clinical Nutritionist at Medica Superspecialty Hospital and Shalini Garwin Bliss, Head Dietitian at Columbia Asia Hospital, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon for the best tips to detoxify body post-Diwali. Here are a few tips they suggested that will make you feel energetic and active again. 

Foods To Avoid

Foods To Avoid 

One should avoid eating saturated fat like red meat, butter and ghee on a regular basis if they have binged too much during the festive season. It is also advised to avoid raw sugar in any form. Extra sugar in our diet is turned into triglycerides, which can lead to an increase in blood triglyceride levels, along with other heart disease risk factors. 

Simple sugar in any form either fructose or glucose are equally harmful and responsible for metabolic diseases. Fresh fruits are preferred rather than fruit juice. One must also avoid excessive consumption of food containing high fructose, transfat, preservatives which are rampant in junk foods, confectionary soft drinks and processed foods.

Foods To Include

Foods To Include

One should not avoid major meals during the course of the day. The liver is the detoxifying organ in human’s body so our diet must be liver-friendly. We should select foods from all food groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat fish and meat, low-fat milk, and healthy oil. One must intake foods containing fibre: fibre helps our liver work at an optimal level. Fruits, vegetables, whole-grain pieces of bread, rice and cereals can take care of our body's fibre needs. 

Low Crab Diet & Keto Diet

A keto diet is high in protein and fats with minimum carbs. It is not advisable, especially without medical supervision. A carb-restricted diet with a focus on low carb intake at night can work for those wanting weight loss. No drastic measures should be taken. Intermittent fasting is still under observation and long-term outcomes not established.

Drink A Lot Of Water

Drink A Lot Of Water

The ideal calculation is to drink 35-40ml of water for every kilo of body weight every day. However, do not drink cold or ice water or overdo drinking water, for it may affect your kidney. If you find it difficult to drink normal water at room temperature, try water flavoured with fruits, limes, mint or prepare detox water with ginger, lemon, mint, and cucumber. Leave the mix in water for 4 hours before drinking and refill the water to the same mix until the taste starts fading. 

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Take Fermented Food

Such food items, including curd, pickle, or Korean kimchi, improve digestion and help the body to detoxify. It helps in improving your gut bacteria which can prevent infections as the winter sets in. 

Take Fermented Food

Exercise And Stay Away From Negativity

A moderate exercise regime of 30-45 minutes daily is an essential part of the detox regime. A mix of exercises is even better – break your exercise time into slots throughout the day and mix equipment exercise, jogging, running, walking, yoga, and meditation as per your wish. It will also help you to break the monotony of exercise and stay positive (how to stay positive). 

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