It’s easy to overindulge during the holiday season, but you can control your weight and still enjoy the foods you love most during this time. The key is to plan and think ahead.
Follow these 5 tips during the holidays to avoid overindulging and putting on the unwanted pounds.
1. Water is essential in controlling your weight. No longer are you to drink eight 8 ounces of water per day, but cut your current weight in half and drink that many in ounces per day. It can be difficult if you’re not a water drinker, but always keep a bottle of water with you wherever you go. Opt for a bigger refillable bottle like a 32 ounce. It just makes it easier to see how much water you’re drinking and plus you don’t have to keep refilling a smaller bottle.
Adding some lemon or lime to your water also helps the non-water drinkers. Stick to your regular bottled or tap water.
2. Eat your breakfast as it has been said many times before it kick starts your metabolism and it controls…more like dictate how you’ll eat during the day. It’s okay to eat 6 smaller meals a day than 3 regular meals, but make sure these meals are healthy and not filled with empty and non-nutritious calories.
Home made granola is great to take on the go for a quick snack and pick-me-up. Fresh fruits and vegetables that you pack for your kids are easy to pack in your bag. Fruits that contain fiber will keep you satisfied and fuller longer.
3. Keep made ahead meals in the freezer. When days are super busy, it’s easy to take these portioned meals out and reheat them in the oven. It beats getting take-out or driving to your fast food joint.
4. Eat before going to the party. A small snack at home just to fill your tummy will make it less tempting to gorge on the rich and savory foods. Opt for a small plate and fill most of your plate with lower calorie foods first like raw veggies and grilled foods. Everyone loves desserts, but choose something small or cut it in half.
Don’t eat till you’re stuffed, sleepy and passing gas. Eat to be satisfied, comfortable and able to enjoy the rest of the evening without ogling the food table.
5. Keep the stress away by exercising and getting enough sleep. Just an hour a day of some type of exercise is better than none. Don’t say you don’t have an hour as you can break it into two 30 minutes intervals. Meditate, go for a brisk walk, do jumping jacks or something else to keep the blood circulating and the endorphins going. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
The most important thing is to enjoy your family and the time you get to spend with them during the holidays. Do not over think your weight…however, DO make efforts to provide yourself with better choices. :)
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