Weight loss: 5 low-calorie Indian chutney recipes to eat to burn belly fat and lose weight

New Delhi: We can’t deny the fact that there are a few things that hinder our progress when we try to lose or maintain weight. Some of them being dressings, sauces, pickles, chutneys, etc, that we have with our sandwiches, wraps, dosaparatha, or chapatti. Considering that they are high in salt and oil, eating these foods on a regular basis can lead to water retention, and hence, less or no weight loss. At the same time, these food items are irresistible, they make food interesting and spicy!

Chutneys are an essential side dish in Indian cuisine. They not only provide a pleasant jolt to your taste buds but also act as an appetizer as well as help support digestion. They can be prepared using a variety of ingredients like herbs, vegetables, spices, and fruits. With different flavours, ranging from sweet or sour, spicy or mild, or any combination of these, chutneys scores big with almost all types of snacks and meals. If you’re on a weight loss diet and trying to slim down your belly fast, you would want to opt for these low-calorie chutney recipes that can be served with breakfast and snacks. Dr Parul Patni, Nutritionist- Lifestyle and Weight Management Expert, shares some easy and healthy Indian chutneys, dip, and pickle to compliment a variety of foods. Read – Trying to lose belly fat but always hungry? 5 natural high-fibre weight loss foods that fight cravings

Low-calorie Indian chutney recipes and spread ideas for weight loss

  1. Chili Garlic Chutney: Take some fresh red chili (commonly available in winter season), garlic and vinegar. Churn them together into a paste. Add salt to taste. The combination of chilli and garlic gives an oriental flavour to the chutney. Both chillies and garlic have been linked to increased fat-burning and weight loss. It may be added to a salad or sandwich as a dressing.
  2. Salsa Dip: Blanch or roast tomatoes to remove skin and chop. Add finely chopped onion, coriander, salt, and green chili. Have it with cheela, idli, dosa or sandwich. Read – Here’s a simple Indian diet plan for type 2 diabetes: 3 tips to lose belly fat, lower blood sugar
  3. Amla Chili Pickle: Boil Indian gooseberry or Amla and deseed. Take 1 teaspoon mustard oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and turmeric powder. Let the seeds crackle. Add split green chilli, sauté for a minute. Add Amla and salt to taste. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Fresh and healthy weight loss-friendly pickle is ready. You can replace it with a pickle.
  4. Methi ki Chutney: Soak Methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) and Amchoor ( raw mango powder) for 5-6 hours. Pressure cook them for 15-20 minutes with salt, red chili powder, and turmeric. After releasing the pressure, add chopped red or green chillies. This very spicy chutney goes very well with paratha, snacks, and gravies.
  5. Tomato Garlic Chutney: Take 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan. Put mustard seeds and let them crackle. Add garlic cloves and let it cook for 1 minute, then add tomato. Once done, let it cool and grind it into a paste. Your low-fat, low-salt delicious chutney is ready. 

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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  • Belly fat
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Here is why you should follow a vegan diet – Aids weight loss, controls diabetes and other benefits

Health   Updated Jan 31, 2019 | 07:29 IST | Times Now Digital  

A recent study has shown that a vegan diet improves gut hormones and helps in weight loss and diabetes. Read on to know how and why a vegan diet can help you and why you should follow it to get a flat belly.

  Here is why you should follow a vegan diet – Aids weight loss, control diabetes and other benefits  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images  

New Delhi: First things first, for anyone who is unaware about the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian diet, here it is spelt out for you – vegan is when you do not eat animals and also products received from them like dairy, honey, etc. while vegetarianism is simply not eating eggs or meat. Now that the difference is out of the way, here are the benefits of the vegan diet for you, and some motivation for you to follow it.

According to a study published in the journal called Nutrients, it was recorded that a vegan diet can improve gut hormone which can make you feel full and hence aid weight loss and also control blood sugar. Here is how it leads to these two healthy results. READ – Want a flat belly? Avoid THIS breakfast mistake for fast weight loss- here’s how many calories you should eat

Reduced calories

According to research, the number of calories you consume on a vegan diet is considerably less than the ones consumed on a non-vegetarian diet, or even a vegetarian diet for that matter. Since it takes a lot of calorie- rich products off the table, it can really help in weight loss.

High fibre

Most things you eat on a vegan diet are eaten raw and are plant-based. For example, a vegan diet is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, leafy green vegetables, etc. Since the content of fibre in the diet is high, it can improve digestion and also help in weight loss.


A vegan diet is also proven to provide satiety or the feeling of fullness which is extremely important if you are trying to lose weight. Turns out, the food you eat on a vegan diet makes you feel fuller for longer and therefore keeps you away from overeating or eaten too often – two most common causes of weight gain. READ – Onions for type 2 diabetes: Eating THIS food could improve blood sugar control and lower cholesterol

Reduced cholesterol

Since most proteins in the diet are plant-based when you are on a vegan diet, the bad cholesterol can be really controlled and managed well. This helps in keeping symptoms of diabetes at bay. High cholesterol can also cause heart diseases and diabetic people are at a higher risk of heart conditions like attacks and strokes.

Low glycemic sugar

Non-starchy vegetables and other plant-based foods like many fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. are low on the glycemic index and can help in managing blood sugar better. They can keep the blood sugar levels from rising and can be very beneficial in managing diabetes.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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