Do not get this wrong, holidays are all about having good moments and indulging with friends and family. Fortunately, you can do that while checking on your pounds.
- Eat before the celebration
Ditch potentially disastrous ideas such as skipping breakfast and/or lunch in the name of saving your appetite for the after party.
- Bring your own foods
Rather than try to figure out what is in every food item at a big party, it is healthier to bring your own packed food.
- Chew slowly
The faster we eat, the less time the brain has to register our fullness. This way you may eat and eat and eat.
- Serve meals restaurant-style
To avoid the temptations that come with seeing a basketful of food next to you, bring only what you need to the table leaving the rest in the kitchen.
- Reduce your plate size
Choosing plates of between 8 and 10 inches instead of 12+ inch plates is a good way to suppress your appetite.
- Choose proteins
Serve up more turkey and ham as well as other foods rich in protein as they are associated with greater satiety.
- Increase your fiber intake
Small portions of fiber-rich legumes will leave you fuller than comparably larger portions of other foods.
- Make room for healthy fats
Not all fats are bad fats. You can get healthy fats from avocados, olive oil, and nuts.
- Incorporate a few veggies
Mixing pureed vegetables such as pumpkin into casseroles or baked goods or sneaking them into potato dishes or pasta will help you avoid obesity.
- Say NO to added sugar
Cookies, pies, and cakes are tempting. But that added sugar can be a disaster. Stick to foods that contain sugar in its natural form.
- Go easy of simple carbs
The body tends to break simple carbohydrates (such as white bread) faster resulting in a spike in blood sugar.
- Say NO when you think you’re full
Grandma will always encourage you to shove seconds onto an already clean plate. You must learn to say NO.
- Go slow on grabbing seconds
Before grabbing a second or getting to the dessert table, give the brain some time to rest by taking a walk.
- Get toss-away Tupperware
You should always encourage friends to pack and carry away the surplus.
- Freeze the leftovers
Stashing leftovers away from sight saves eliminates the temptation of getting a bite every few minutes.
- Turn off the TV
Eating while watching TV has been linked to poor eating habits
- Chew a lot of gum
Chewing gum generally keeps you busy, lowering cravings and helping avoid the calories.
- Beware of temptation
It’s proven that the closer you are to food that you can see or smell, the more likely you are to consume it.
- Give in to cravings
Be careful about this. You don’t have to binge. But completely resisting the temptation may only make the food more attractive.
- Don’t fall into the trap of booze
Alcohol adds unnecessary calories to our diets and often makes us eat irresponsibly.
- Sip before and during meals
Sipping water before a meal helps with general weight loss. Sipping between meals allows the brain to register fullness.
- Go for the tall, thin glass
It’s funny, but yes, research shows that people tend to pour less liquid in tall, thin glasses.
- Drink plenty of water
The more water you drink, the fuller you feel, and the fewer calories you’re likely to consume.
Improve your movement and mindset
- Set realistic goals
Honestly, you’re not dropping 3 dress sizes by February. So, you need to be more realistic in your New Year resolutions.
- Tell yourself “I can control my eating.”
Even if it feels silly, finding positivity in your eating habits can help you check on weight gain.
- Avoid stress
You know that stress can increase craving. The rest of these tips will help with de-stressing;
Through techniques such as muscle relaxation, you can learn how you may be eating to satisfy your emotions.
- Get enough sleep
Sleeping right has been proved to help shave off pounds while minimizing weight gain.
- Do not limit yourself
Yes, don’t think only of the gym when you think of cutting the pounds. Find ways to use your body weight and consider a home gym.
- Engage in functional exercises
This refers to working multiple muscles at the same time. The movement promotes muscle gain which increases metabolism.
- Exercise with a partner
Science suggests it’s more rewarding to exercise with a partner.
- Move around more than you eat
This festive season, forget the lift and take the stairs as you increase the number of steps you take in a day. Hikes, cycling, and snow sessions are other possible sources of exercises.
Of course sneaking in a few visit to The La Jolla Sports Club is also a great strategy for keeping your metabolism firing on high thru December!
Remember that these tips will work best when observed, not singly, but as a unit.