When the holidays arrive, many people forget all about their diets and healthy eating. Weight gains of 7 – 10 pounds are common between Halloween and Christmas. To make the holidays easier, these tips will help you with healthy eating through the season and not gaining weight.
Most traditional foods can be made low fat. Turkey is very lean without the skin, and gravy can be made without any fat. Potatoes that are served without butter can be very healthy. The beloved pumpkin pie is nutritious, although it can be made into a fatty dessert with the adding of whipped cream. Even though the holidays are in, don’t forget about the exercise. Keeping weight off during the holiday season is burning off the extra calories. You should plan a walk after meals, park farther from stores when you shop, and take a few walks around the mall before you begin shopping.
During holiday parties and at family dinners, feel free to sample foods although you shouldn’t splurge. Decide on what you plan to eat in advance, then stick to your plan. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, low fat dressings, and slices of lean meats. Before you go to a party, eat a small snack to help curb your appetite.
If at all possible, avoid alcohol. Having too many drinks can cripple your will power, and also add excess calories to your diet. In the place of alcohol, drink water with lemon. Water can help to limit your appetite and keep you from going on a binge. Also make sure to avoid eggnog, as each glass can have up to 300 calories.
Be sincere while eating, that means, don’t chat, discuss, read or use internet while you eat, concentrate on what you eat and drink. So that you won’t allow unintentional grabs to mouth to chew. Try salad plates and skinny glasses instead of over-sized bowl and mug.
Take breakfast in the morning before going to mall or seeing friends, this habit will limit your hunger while outside. Always take broth based foods as your first course while in the party or in a restaurant, this will make you unable to eat much. Avoid the route full of restaurants, food court and fast foods while shopping. they might allure you to devour fat, meat and sugar.
Be Physically Active
An adult should take at least 150 minutes per week intense physical activity suggested by The American Heart Association. So Shovel the snow if its Christmas, dig the sand if you are on beach.
Be flexible with your healthy eating, as one bad meal won’t ruin your diet. Try to balance your calories over a few days and don’t just look at one meal or day. Take plenty of water to keep you hydrated specially after drinking alcohol and sleep at least eight hours per day recommended by American Heart Association. Enjoy your holiday.