Most of us know that during the holidays we all gain weight. It’s a fact. This is the time of year that many people fall off the wagon when it comes to diet and exercise. By incorporating the tips below during your holiday eating, you can stay healthy and avoid packing on the pounds.
Step 1: Stay well-hydrated by drinking at least 8 or 9 cups of fluids (13 if you are male) daily. The best liquids are calorie and caffeine-free, such as water. Soft drinks, sports drinks, milk, coffee, tea, and fruit juice are also hydrating. Watch the sugar content because sugar will not help your dieting goals.
Step 2: When you get a craving for sweets, improvise. Try healthy alternatives like some slices of pear or apple sprinkled with cinnamon or some mango slices. If you want a cookie, opt instead for lower-calorie biscotti. If nothing but chocolate will do, select dark chocolate and limit the intake to one ounce.
Step 3: Get at least seven hours of sleep each night. A chronic lack of sleep can alter appetite-regulating hormone balances.
Step 4: Go for a walk after dinner. Walk the dog or go for a stroll with family or friends. You burn approximately 100 calories per mile, no matter how slow you walk.
Step 5: Tread lightly when it comes to the cheese tray. Cheese has good things like protein and calcium but it is also packed with saturated fat. Select reduced-fat versions like low-fat cottage cheese, reduced-fat cheddar, or part-skim mozzarella. If you have to eat full-fat types, select those that have the most flavor, like feta and blue cheese, and consume them sparingly.
Step 6: Don’t always skip the appetizers because they can help you consume fewer calories throughout the meal. Select a green salad with a light or fat-free dressing or a chunky, broth-based soup such as chicken noodle or minestrone.