The holidays are such a magical time of the year. Feasts, treats, family, friends, gifts and laughter. Tis the season to be jolly!
But sometimes the feasts and treats can become a bit too much and we eat, and eat…AND EAT!
We love to indulge this time of year, but our bodies end up paying for it.
So how can we avoid that dreadful and impending holiday weight gain?
With a few easy tips, you can enjoy the holidays without having to worry about any added pounds.
Let’s get started!
Stay Active! Even if family is coming over and the house is full, stay as active as you can. Family winter walks, family skiing, build a snowman, anything that can keep your body moving for at least 30 minutes a day.
Sleep- Sleep plays an important role in our weight management. Low amounts of sleep are linked to a slower metabolism, not to mention you feel sluggish. Adequate sleep will keep your metabolism functioning at it’s best and make you feel more energized for the day ahead- whatever it has in store for you!
Stress Control- Holidays can be a stressful time for many. Cooking, gift buying, the list goes on. People who are stressed commonly have higher levels of cortisol, a hormone that’s released in response to stress. Chronically high cortisol levels may cause weight gain and have been linked to greater food intake
Make At Least 1 Healthy Dish– It’s the holidays-we want to indulge with tasty treats, but try to find room to make something healthy. A plentiful salad- something high in fiber and protein.
Watch Your Drink Intake– What you are drinking will also play a role in your holiday weight management. Avoid sugary drinks if you can. If you are having wine- stick to just a few glasses. Try even having a glass of water before dinner- this will help you feel a bit more full.
Watch Your Portions– Watch your portion size when you are serving yourself. Even try a smaller plate so it looks more full.
Avoid Processed Foods-processed holiday foods, such as boxed mashed potatoes and stuffing- contain excess sugar and unhealthy fats. Try to make things from scratch if you can- that way you can control your own ingredients.
You don’t need to give up your favorite holiday traditions- just be diligent and watch what you are putting in your body.
It’s the holidays- ENJOY yourself!
Stay healthy and safe this holiday season.