The holiday season can be the most exciting time of year, especially if you are just as much of a foodie as we are. With all the parties, fun and traditions, we are about encouraging and enhancing your pleasure without derailing you from your plan. We all know and feel that holidays tend to pack on the pounds as soon as we start eating and drinking all temptations around us. However it doesn’t have to be like this.
It is all about building a few habits that will become a lifestyle over time. Whether you are choosing to eat wisely or cut down on excessive weight, here are some tips and tricks to help you take control of the holiday season.
TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY AND ACTIVE:
AVOID SKIPPING MEALS: If you have a big party coming up, you might think that skipping a meal beforehand will mean fewer calories. However the reverse can be true. By the time you get to the party, you could be so ravenous that you will end up eating everything in sight. You’ll ultimately eat more calories than if you actually had that meal. Instead eat a meal beforehand with lots of veggies and lean protein.
DRINK LESS AND WISELY: We all know how big of a culprit alcohol can be to make you feel bloated and overwhelmed with weight gain. Sipping on seasonal drinks consistently will only give you more weight retention. You don’t have to give up all the alcoholic beverages, but making the right choices can completely change the game. Eggnogs and fancy cocktails can add up to 300 calories per serving. It is not the alcohol itself that does so much damage, but the creamy and sugary mixes that cause the calories to really add up. You can always opt for diet soda, sparkling water or lower-calorie alcoholic drinks such as light beers, hard seltzers and wine. Plus be cautious about the number of alcoholic drinks you have. The more you drink, the more your inhibitions will lower and the more you will eat.
TREAT YOURSELF MINDFULLY: Snacking is not a sin; however, you must make it mindful because, ultimately, every calorie counts. We would never suggest you cut down on it all and eat only nutritionally dense foods. If you want to have dessert, keep it small (no bigger than the palm of your hand) and skip the carbs (e.g bread/rice) at meal time. You can also opt for healthier snacks like popcorn without butter or crudites with a low-fat dip.
BURN IT A LITTLE: Movement is an essential aspect of weight loss, and all you have to do is make time to burn it. This can be done through brisk walking or simply going around through your daily routine and running errands. Even if you are at a family get together, don’t be afraid to propose a walk! Some people might actually say YES! Don’t feel like you must be confined to the couch just because everyone else is sitting around. Set an example. You will be surprised at how much you can burn by merely being on your feet.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO: The festive season may seem like one of the few opportunities to have certain treats, but it is outstanding if you want to stick to your diet. Saying no is not a bad thing. You might feel pressure from those around you, but ultimately it’s your body and you are in control. If your family and friends truly cared for you, they should support you in your decision.
The holidays are a cheerful time; the best way to elevate those memories is by sticking to a routine you don’t feel guilty about. By following these few tips and tricks, you can make sure that you are doing enough movement to keep your metabolism up and enough to burn those excessive calories. Enjoy the festive season without feeling guilty and making simple changes that can make a significant change.