The holidays have a way of tempting even the most adamant of dieters into eating recklessly. Maybe it’s the celebratory spirit in the air which for most, translates to sharing foods and drinks.
Maybe it’s the laid backness of the season persuading you to just take a break from the strict habits you’ve been devoted to. Either way, one thing is constant; weight gain at the end of the holiday is not how you want to begin your new year. Most especially, if you have worked hard on shedding some weight.
Knowledge is power. And in this game of Holiday dieting, knowing the foods to avoid is a capable weapon which must be mastered.
Snack Wisely: There’s bound to be snacks everywhere during the holidays. Whether it’s at a friend’s place, at that office party, at your aunt’s and etc, you can be sure to be served more chin-chin, cookies, cakes, and snacks than preceding months.
While it’s no crime to snack a little here, and there, be conscious to avoid eating just because and not because you’re hungry. Learn how to politely decline snack servings at events, visits and so on.
Get Enough Sleep: You probably didn’t know that depriving yourself of sleeping over time can cause weight gain. Do not spend all of your holiday nights partying and ‘catching cruise’. Get as much rest as you can to keep your mind and body fit.
Protein Is Your Friend: You heard right. Make proteins your friend during this holiday. The math is simple: most snacks and meals served during the holidays are carbohydrates. By being friends with proteins, you can balance these foods high in carbs with proteins such as poultry, dairy and so on.
Cut Down On Your Dessert Consumption: Most desserts contain huge amounts of sugar. Sugar encourages weight gain. In simple terms, the less dessert you consume, the safer for you.
Use Smaller Plates: This trick works every single time. Most times, because of engagements, you might be unable to escape celebratory meals. The hack is to request for your meal to be served in smaller plate sizes so that you automatically consume less food.