For most of us, the holiday season is the best excuse to indulge. Weeks of festivities and the temptation to overindulge everywhere you turn. Traditionally, the menu is loaded with stuff that can cause weight gain, like refined carbs, added sugars, and fat. According to research, the majority of our yearly weight gain is from the holiday season.
So how can you have your cake and eat it without weight gain? In this article, you’ll learn five effective ways to prevent holiday weight gain.
Due to the weather change, we tend to move around less. By keeping active, you’ll burn the additional calories consumed from eating more than usual. Walking can be a light, enjoyable form of exercise. Over the holiday season, aim to do at least 10,000 steps a day.
Eat Smaller Portions
You don’t have to avoid your favorite foods altogether; just have smaller portions. You could have vegetables as a starter, then smaller portions of each item as your main course. Eat slowly. After 20 minutes, your brain will realize you’re full.
Think About Your Alcoholic Beverages
Many alcoholic drinks are loaded with added sugars and calories. Consider making your drinks to avoid the added sugars in premade mixers. You can opt for unsweetened and low-calorie chasers like tonic water.
Plan by making a note of all the holiday events you’ll be attending. If, for example, you’ll be eating out in the evening, eat lighter during the day to help balance out the calories you’ll consume later. Or have a sustaining lunch and a light snack just before the occasion to avoid overeating.
Check the Labels
Check food labels for fat and sugar content. Pay particular attention to the amounts of calories per serving, fats, cholesterol, and carbohydrates.
Happy Healthier Holidays
There are plenty of ways to help keep your weight in check during the holidays. Some of the most effective methods are portion control, eating slower, and keeping active. With just a sprinkle of discipline, you can enjoy all the glorious holiday food just like everyone else. Happy Holidays!