No Weight Gain these Holidays!
The holiday season is family time. But for many of us, it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain. Usually, Holiday eating result in an extra pound or two every year. Don’t despair! This year can be different! Here are some of the prominent ways by you can stay healthy and enjoy the holidays without adding extra pounds.
- Be realistic: Don’t try to lose your weight during the holidays, instead try to maintain it.
- Plan time for exercise: Exercise helps relieve the stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Walk for 10- to 15-minutes twice a day.
- Don’t skip meals: If you are going to a party, eat a light snack containing raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to control your appetite before leaving from your home. You will definitely be less tempted to over-indulge.
- Make a habit of eating fruits and veggies: Make a habit of eating fruits and veggies: Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day is an excellent way to help fill your stomach without exceeding the calorie count. Compared with other snack foods (like cookies, chips, and crackers), fruits and vegetables contain fewer calories and tons more nutrients.
- Survey your party buffets: Choose heart-healthy foods before filling your plate. Bring a healthy appetizer (raw veggies or homemade whole-wheat pita chips with Greek yogurt or hummus dip, corn chips & guacamole) or a healthy dessert so that you know there is at least one healthy choice. Prefer using smaller plates to lessen the amount of food you eat. Avoid sauces made from cream, or meat drippings and high-fat meats such as fried chicken wings, meatballs, sausage, pigs-in-blankets, etc. And also avoid drinking too many calories.
- Eat Properly: Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.
- Eat a cookie once a day: Allow yourself to eat one small serving of a cookie or a piece of candy each day during the holiday season. But keep in mind that you may have to pay for it later in the day by decreasing your total caloric consumption or by burning a few extra calories while exercising.
- Control your temptation: Controlling even the slightest chance of coming in contact with “tempting” foods is one way to efficiently reduce your calorie intake. It’s difficult to control in all the situations, focus on the ones you can. For example, Are your holiday goodies stored in well-trafficked spots like the dining room or pantry? Do you keep candy or cookies at your desk or workspace? Make a mental note not to keep the goodies in places that are easily accessible. If you are baking, keep a few calories in it by using fruits and make it, even more, healthier.
- Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking: Try to prepare your family members favorite dishes as it helps in lowering the fat and calories. It promotes healthy holiday eating. Include some of the simple-cooking tips in your traditional holiday recipes to make them even healthier..
So, enjoy your holidays! Plan a time for activity with your friends and families. Include healthy recipes into your holiday meals. Don’t restrict yourself from having your favorite holiday foods. In the long run, your soul and body will thank you.