The holidays are a fun and exciting time of year, with family get-togethers, presents, and parties galore. Unfortunately, however, between the holiday baking, buffet meals, and stress, it’s also a time people tend to gain weight. This may not be too much of an issue at the time. In fact, some of us actually make an effort to burn this back off when spring rolls around. That being said, weight gain during the holidays is somewhat inevitable. However, there are ways to keep off the pounds and still have a joyous and festive holiday season. Here are four tips that may help you NOT gain weight.
Watch Your Portion Sizes
When the holiday season begins, few of us think twice about eating a little extra than we normally do. Unfortunately, those who eat more than is recommended do tend to gain weight a lot easier than those who have greater willpower. Because of this, you need to read food labels and serving sizes and measure your food out to an appropriate portion. Use a food journal to help you keep track of what you’re eating. To make this a little easier, you could try eating from a smaller plate. Also, eat slower and pay attention to when you’re full.
Limit Liquid Calories
Even strict water-drinkers see the holidays as a time to indulge in soda, alcohol, and other sweetened drinks. These beverages are full of empty calories and sugar, which can contribute to your weight gain. If you’re after a sweet drink, you could make your own ginger lemonade at home. Many use ginger for weight loss, as well as an appetite suppressant, making it an ideal beverage this time of year. That being said, water still is and always will be the best option. Or, you can also try these water-infused recipes.
Manage Your Stress Levels
As enjoyable as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve can be, keeping up with the demands of these occasions can pile on the pressure, often resulting in increased stress levels. This can leave you craving junk food. Of course, these foods are usually full of fat, sugar, and carbs, which contribute to weight gain. For this reason, you need to ensure that you make an effort to manage your stress. There are plenty of things that you can do, including meditation, regular exercise, deep breathing, and journaling.
Be Active and Keep Moving!
With Christmas films on the TV and no work to do, it’s easy to slip into inactivity when you’re off over the holidays. Although sedentary activities are popular throughout these months, you should make an effort to keep active and exercise regularly. You can make this more enjoyable by asking friends, family, and other holiday guests to join you while you work out. Try going to the gym together, walks, play games, or try workout DVDs.
Sure, it is pretty easy to gain weight over the holidays. But, you can actually do something about it before you pack on those unwanted pounds. As long as you watch what you put in your body and remember to stay active, you should be able to maintain your current figure. Cheers!
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