Holiday season, is all about celebrating, having fun, and indulging in decadent desserts, rich beverages, and holiday festivities that disrupt your normal eating routine. Most people don’t want to give up any holiday foods, fun, and activities. Indulgence is good…..to a point. Go ahead and enjoy, but make a commitment to celebrate in moderation. This commitment is not a form of self-denial; rather, it is a way to enjoy the indulgences of the season without harming your health. Let’s ponder over some smart tricks and strategies which, highlight a simple way to navigate through holiday party food spreads, hectic schedules, and sidelined gym routines without spoiling the fun and enjoyment:-
1. Prefer proteins
Proteins play an important role in maintaining and losing weight as they have high satiety value. Some of the tasty high protein food items include turkey, chicken, quinoa, lentils, beans!
2. Use smaller plates
It has been observed over years that plate size has a significant role to play in weight loss. Using smaller plates tends to make you full with less quantity of food. So whenever dining out at a restaurant choose the smaller salad plate (7-10 inches) instead of a tray-like one (12 inches or more).
3. Fix it with fiber
Fiber is a good natural way to reduce body fat. It does not metabolize fat quicker or more efficiently, but it will help you regulate your weight by decreasing the intake of calories. Snacking on vegetables and high-fiber items like legumes can help keep you fuller, longer & curb cravings for fatty/junk foods.
4. Have sweet moments without sugar
Added sugar is very harmful as it increases the risks of cardiovascular diseases and obesity. Stick to natural sugar (fruits, veggies, and whole grains) for taste and reduce the intake of holiday cookies, cakes, and pies only for the time when you’re truly craving!
5. Carbs- Take it easy
White is really making you fat – white bread, pastries, and refined sugars (aerated drinks/sodas). The science behind this is that the body breaks down simple carbs quickly, which creates a spike in blood sugar that leaves us feeling hungrier, faster. Prefer the intake of whole grains instead (brown rice, quinoa, couscous, orzo etc.), which have the potential to reduce the dangerous excess abdominal fat.
6. Beware of booze
Alcohol has a high level of empty calories. Not only this too much drinking makes you lose the inhibitions around food which results in irresponsible eating. To keep your weight loss regime under control limit your booze intake. Cheers!
7. Have water
Drinking water helps you feel full, and, as a result, you tend to consume fewer calories. Pregaming a meal with a glass of water helps in cutting calories. Also, having a good amount of water throughout the day keeps you away from unhealthy munching.
8. Turn down the temptations
Food and eyes have a direct relationship – the more we see food, the higher we tend to consume. So face away from the dessert spread to avoid its intake. Also, excessive curbing can backfire sometimes, but moderation can help you get through it effectively. Smartly cave into your cravings to avoid unnecessary bingeing later.
9. Chew gum
Popping a piece of sugar-free gum won’t necessarily curb your appetite, but would distract you from unknown popping of food in your mouth as it is already busy. While the long-term effects of gum chewing on weight loss are minimal, studies show it can lower cravings for sweet and salty snacks, and decrease hunger between meals.
10. Make room for healthy fats
Not only do you need fat in your diet to provide energy and absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, but it also helps you feel full. Get healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from avocado, nuts, olive oil, applesauce, banana, flax, etc.
Gaining weight is easy and losing it is a time taking process. To make your holidays happy and healthy don’t forget to follow these simple tips. Happy traveling!