The holidays are a difficult time for many people to manage their weight; but, there are simple tips for keeping off those holiday pounds while still enjoying yourself. Use these tricks to combat holiday weight gain while still enjoying the season.
1. Eat a high-fiber, high-protein snack before heading out to that shindig! Eating a snack before going to a party likely to be filled with fatty, sugary foods is something most dieters know to do, but there’s a key part that is often left out: what kind of snack to eat.A snack filled with fiber and protein will help keep you full throughout the party and keep you blood sugar even to prevent cravings. Try eating a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt with some berries, and a slice of whole grain toast. Or, fill up on a sliced apple with two tablespoons of peanut butter, a handful of almonds, or an ounce of cheese.
2.Sneak in some extra time at the gym. Moderate to vigorous activity has been shown to decrease appetite for up to several hours, so to keep off those holiday pounds log some extra time on the treadmill before your next office party. Pair that with the extra calorie burns, and additional exercise is one of your best defenses against holiday weight gain.
3. Take time for breakfast. Skipping breakfast can pack on the pounds any time of the year, but with holiday treats comes even more temptation. Breakfast will rev up your metabolism to help you burn those holiday pounds off. Just like your snack, make sure this meal is packed with fiber and protein, and skip the simple carbohydrates that can sabotage your quest to fend off the holiday pounds!
4. Take a moment to think about what you’re going to eat. Before filling up your plate, decide on just a few items that you really want to try, and leave the rest. Having “just a little bit of everything” is a sure way to sabotage yourself, and pack on those dreaded holiday pounds. Those “little bits” add up much faster than most people will realize while they are eating. If the party serves hors d’oeuvres, choose just a couple small pieces to try. If it’s a full dinner, forgo the appetizer and split a dessert with a friend.
5. Keep a food journal. This is a good practice anyway, and people lose more weight when they write down what they eat; but, it’s especially important during the holidays. It helps keep your food in perspective, which can be difficult to do during festivities, and will keep you focused on your pound-peeling goal. To make this effective, don’t forget to include the small things: coffee creamer and sugar, that sample from the cheese store, or a cookie from the office potluck. To make all this easier, there are many food-tracking applications online, as well as for your smart phone. Some of them even count the calories for you!
6.Wear something form-fitting. You’re less likely to overeat if your garments aren’t loose for two reasons: comfort and vanity. A well-fitting waistband will let you know when it’s time to stop, and a curve-hugging dress will remind you that you’re trying to keep those curves.
7. Opt for no alcohol, or for a glass of red wine. It’s no secret alcohol has a lot of calories, so limiting your intake will help keep your calorie count down. Alcohol also often lowers inhibitions, which can cause some people to eat more. If you’re going to have a drink, try red wine. It’s usually sipped, so you’re less likely to want another one. Red wine also contains many antioxidants, including resveratrol, which some studies show may have mild benefits to weight loss and heart disease.
8. Forget the punch. Punch, sodas, juices, and other sugary drinks are essentially liquid candy. They pack a lot of calories, and will quickly pack on the pounds throughout the holidays. Drink water with lemon or lime, unsweetened tea, or calorie-free flavored waters instead. Keep a glass of your quencher in-hand at all times, too. Busy hands make it more difficult to eat without thinking.
9. Limit your time at events. The longer you’re at an event, the more likely it is that you are going to get hungry and nosh on high-calories foods. Holiday pounds can slip on unnoticed in the midst of socializing and munching. Plan a limited time at your holidays parties, and if possible plan that time to be between meals so you are less likely to be hungry.
10. Keep moving. Moving around every ten to fifteen minutes boosts your metabolism, burning extra calories while you have fun! Being a social butterfly has another bonus: less time to indulge. Moving around and socializing keeps your mind off food. It also makes it difficult to keep food in-hand, so your likely to eat less.
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