That special time of year is finally upon us. We have officially made it through Halloween and switched our calendars over to November which can only mean one thing. The holiday season has arrived. Time for jingle bells, holiday cheer, and that so dependable holiday weight gain.
For years people have commonly accepted the fact that they will add a few additional pounds to their waste line during the winter months, but now you don’t have to. Don’t worry this doesn’t mean giving up that piece of pumpkin pie.
8 WAYS TO WRAP UP THAT STEREOTYPICAL HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN
1. EAT PROTEIN
Instead of stuffing your mouth full of sweet rolls, pie, and stuffing, be sure to eat enough protein. Studies have shown that protein suppresses appetite better than carbohydrates. Drink a quick protein shake before dinner time and you’ll be less likely to overeat during Thanksgiving dinner.
2. LIMIT ALCOHOL
People are unaware that a small glass of wine or beer can have over 200 calories. Down a few of these bad boys and before you know it, you’ve added several hundred unnecessary calories to your diet. We’re not saying to turn down that glass of wine with dinner, just try to avoid getting hammered to the point of incoherence with Uncle Frank before the turkey is cut.
3. DON’T SKIP WORKOUTS
Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean it’s time to start skipping gym time in favor of chowing down on Christmas cookies while reciting Home Alone lines for the 9th time this year. Get your workout done early in the morning and stop giving yourself excuses. Merry Christmas ya filthy animal.
4. EAT SLOWLY
You have most likely heard that it takes about 15 minutes for the body to realize it’s full. During that time you likely have already consumed four rolls, half a ham, an entire pumpkin pie, and a partridge in a pear tree. Try eating slowly and enjoy special moments with family. This way you’ll avoid bloating to the point of not leaving the couch until New Years.
5. STOP SNACKING
We all love to indulge throughout the holidays. The gingerbread cookies Susan brought to the office. The candy canes left out at your doctor’s office. The spiked Egg Nog at the ugly sweater party. Whatever the case may be, try to limit random excessive calories in the months of November and December or you’ll be regretting it come January.
6. USE SMALLER PLATES
If you’re sitting down for a family holiday meal, don’t grab the biggest plate in your grandma’s cabinet. Instead, opt for a smaller plate and go back for seconds if you’re still hungry. Studies have shown that people overeat when the food is right in front of their faces. Don’t try to go vertical either by stacking a ton of food high on a smaller plate, this defeats the purpose folks.
7. EAT MORE VEGGIES
When we say veggies we don’t mean those sweet potatoes covered with six sticks of butter and three bags of marshmallows. Typically though vegetables are healthier than whatever else is sitting at the table. Feel free to have more to avoid that holiday weight gain.
8. PRACTICE SELF-CONTROL
Stop eating once you’re full. We mean full as in satisfied, not full borderline puking your brains out stuffed.
Follow the steps listed above and you won’t spend the first six months of 2017 losing that holiday weight gained in December. Practice moderation and smart eating habits, but be sure to enjoy life during the holiday season.