Beating the Holiday Weight Gain
Just when you are getting that munchkin-sized abs on your tummy, boom! It’s already the season to be fatty! Fat-la-la-la-la la-la la-la! The holiday season is challenging for everyone. Holiday parties are everywhere and there are surely lots of foods and booze in every corner. Where there is party, there is food. But after the party, you find yourself almost struggling to fit into your old jeans. Why? Maybe because the excess fats do not disappear along with the decorations after Christmas.
So for us to be able to beat the holiday gain, we must take a mental note of the following ideas whenever we party:
- Set your goal. The fact that you are already aware that you will gain weight after the holiday will surely motivate you to keep track of your eating. Setting your goal of not gaining weight already puts you to the frontline of the race. Developing a goal is good but developing a realistic goal is better. Also, remember that keeping your current weight is easier than losing weight.
- Be picky. Be very picky. When attending parties, a number of foods will be served everywhere. However, take the extra mile of knowing what to eat and what not to eat. Or alternatively, you can choose a healthier version of the food that you have in mind. For example, you want to eat potatoes and you found French Fries on the table. You might want to walk more and go to the appetizer section of the food feast and search for mashed potatoes, a healthier version instead.
- Eat small portions of everything. In order to satisfy your cravings, eat little portions of everything that you want to eat. This also means making room for the other foods that you are going to eat later. When eating dessert, always remember the three-bite rule: indulge on the flavour on the first one, satisfy yourself on the second one and get the long and lingering bite on the third one.
- Beware of the liquids. We may think that drinking beverages instead of eating actual portions of food saves us from getting fat. No. The truth is, some beverages are usually high in calories --sodas and beers for instance. Instead of chugging down a bottle of Heineken, you may want to opt for water instead. Remember to be easy on the alcohol!
- Try to be active. No, I don’t want to spoil your holiday by telling you to exercise. What I meant by trying to be active is joining games and other fun activities. Parties are fun and so should you! Engage yourself more and socialize. Don’t you know that laughing can burn calories too?
- Eat your water. Whenever possible, please do remember to eat your green leafy vegetables. Keep your tummy stuffed with these babies to not only keep you hydrated but to also help your tummy to digest faster the day after you binge eat.
- Be generous to your guests. If you are the host of the party, be generous enough to your guests and pack them portions of the left over foods. To put this simply: Keep your foods out of sight. Stocking up on pizza will just give you the idea of finishing up the whole box.
Research shows that most adults are aware of their weight gain over the holidays. One possible reason behind holiday binge eating is stress. You eat a lot during holiday because it’s the only time that you have to get off from the stress from work, school or other activities that your mind is preoccupied of. Stress and the holidays is a bad combination for people whose weakness is foods. But, come to think of it, is there a person who doesn’t go weak for foods?
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