‘Tis the season to be jolly. Christmas is almost here, bringing with it the joys, celebrations, the delicious food and the excess holiday weight. Everybody is at their happiest during December. No more work, no school, gifts and parties every day. It’s really every person’s dream.
But it doesn’t always surprise us when we go from being overjoyed to depressed, come January. All the food and the drinks you consumed, have their way of coming back to haunt you as holiday weight.
So we gathered up some tips to help you have a stress-free Christmas this year.
Don’t go to an event on an empty stomach:
It is perfectly normal to want to eat all of the mouth watering dishes at any Christmas party. But have something fulfilling before you go to any event. This way, you’ll still be able to taste everything, but you won’t fill up on sugar and refined carbohydrates. Make sure your pre-event meal consists of fruits, healthy fats, and protein to help you feel fuller for a longer time.
Mind over matter:
Your mind is capable of wonderful things. If you set your mind to it, you would find yourself wanting to eat less and less of holiday foods. Instead of thinking you can’t have it, give yourself the power to say that even if you could, you still won’t. Psychological factors can override the biological need for food. And you’d be feeling proud every time you see yourself in the mirror after December, knowing you took responsibility over your own health.
Drink lots of water:
Dehydration is often mistaken as hunger. To avoid yourself from eating too much this holiday season, stay hydrated. You’d naturally want to avoid sugar and fats. Water also makes you feel full, and you won’t find yourself craving for that second Christmas cake.
Eating slowly is a tip you can use for always. It takes about 20 minutes for the bran to know you’re full. So if you keep consuming food faster than you should, you’d essentially be consuming unwanted calories. This would also help you burn calories faster with the act of chewing.
Focus on protein:
Even if you find yourself wanting to eat party food, focus on the protein. It helps you minimize blood sugar spikes and makes you feel full. It also promotes satiety and increases metabolism. If you are a vegetarian or can’t have too much of meat, have some nuts with you at all times to help you not overeat any refined sugar and high glycemic choices.