The holidays are a time to celebrate and indulge, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a little health conscious while doing so. Here are some simple strategies to prevent holiday weight gain and stay on track:
- Weigh yourself twice a week: Often enough to stay on track, but not too often where you take the fun out of holiday noshing.
- Exercise in the morning: It’ll help ensure better behavior all day.
- Be picky: Pick the foods you really enjoy and have them in moderation.
- Use willpower: Willpower is like a muscle. If you keep using it, you will get stronger.
- Avoid banking calories: Don’t starve yourself all day so you can indulge later. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein to keep you satisfied.
- Concentrate on working out: It’s a good idea to maintain your fitness, even 15 minutes can help.
- Don’t swear off desserts: Just eat them in moderation.
- Avoid morning-after food: Send guests home with leftovers. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Drum some willpower: Try this simple trick. Place the thumb and fingers of one hand on your forehead, a half inch apart. Tap each finger one at a time, once per second, telling yourself, “Hold on.” Wait 15-20 minutes and the craving will disappear (according to Tufts University Research).
- Cut back on diet soda: It can lead to bloat and gas.
- Eat your water: Eat water rich foods like greens so you stay hydrated.
- Drink peppermint tea: It can help calm stomach muscles and reduce gas. If you don’t like peppermint, try chamomile.
- Chew slowly: Eating fast can lead to overindulgence.
- Get some potassium: The nutrient counterbalances sodium which helps you retain less water.
- Keep calm and kick cravings. Take deep breaths before you grab a plate. There’s research that suggests that people who practice stress reduction techniques are able to prevent weight gain.
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