Tis the season to be jolly! But you should not binge at every Christmas buffets and end the holidays with a Santa belly. Here’s compiling few Christmas Weight loss Tips to help you maintain your diet and lose weight as you continue to enjoy all the parties this festive season.
- Smart substitutions.
When cooking, use ingredient substitutes that will not only make recipes taste better but have fewer calories.
- Make those calories count.
Ensure that you are eating the right kind of calories since 300 calories of sugar from fruits is not the same as 300 calories from candies and sweets.
- Easy on the alcohol.
Beer, wine, champagne, sodas, and other liquid calories have the sugar that makes you fat faster than you realize.
- The more you eat, the more you should move.
Indulge is ok as long as you keep moving to burn the extra food you eat. So walk, jog and exercise.
- Keep snacks out of the house.
You know you’ll be eating a lot at Christmas parties so keep the unhealthy stuff out of your home. Don’t feel bad about indulging on munchies at parties; after all we’re entitled to a cheat day once in a while. Don’t make it a habit.
- Don’t starve yourself the next day.
Starving will actually cause your body to hang on to extra calories and fat. This will cause you to overeat next time.
- Eat healthy in-between parties.
Keep eating small, healthy meals throughout the day when you’re not partying. You can prefer oatmeal for breakfast, nuts and dried fruits as snacks to keep your metabolism up.
- Portion control.
It’s ok to have that slice of grandma’s special Christmas cake but just a smaller slice of it.
- Smart choices.
Ensure to eat more veggies than chocolates and candy canes.
- Drink water.
Have a glass of water first thing in the morning when you wake up and whenever you think you’re hungry throughout the day. Since, most of the times those hunger pangs are actually thirstiness.
- Eat until you are 80 percent full.
Eat only 1/3 of your plate if it’s hard for you to feel what 80 percent fill is like.
- Mingle and chat it up at parties.
When you’re busy talking and catching up with family and friends you’ll be away from the food table. This will prevent you from putting food from your mouth.
- Don’t wear lose clothing to hide the belly.
Snug clothes will force you to hold your gut, exercise the muscles and force you not to eat too much at the same time.
- Chew gum while cooking and at parties.
This will help your breath smell minty fresh and also prevent you from munching on finger foods all night.
- Don’t shop when you’re hungry.
Like Santa, keep a list of nice things to eat, check it twice. And stick to it.
- Shop for gifts online.
What does this have to do with eating? Well, when you shop from the comfort of home, you will avoid the crowd and line-ups at the mall and resist the temptation to go for the unhealthy, convenient, fast food joints at the food court.
- Use smaller plates at buffets.
As per some studies, when you place food on smaller plates, the brain feels fuller faster.
- BUT don’t nibble on too many things!
Too much variety in flavour can make you think you want to eat more. So limit yourself to your favourites and pass on the rest.
- Get enough sleep.
It will regulate hormones and keep hunger and appetite in check.
All in all, make realistic weight loss resolutions and stick to them. Follow these tips to keep the pounds off this Christmas and will be great to keep in mind all year round.