Worried about over eating during holidays?
We all love holidays ,good food, fun with friends and families.
But if research is right, then we gain about half a Kilo, after each bout of holiday food.This piles up.
The holiday food binge makes “you” 5Kg heavier , every decade.
Remember how much sweat you shed to get rid of that 1 kilo?
It’s so easy to gain ?
Why can’t the calories just melt away?
Believe me I researched thoroughly .
You have to prevent it with your body ,mind and soul .
Repel those calories , which slow you down ,make you bloated and unhealthy.
But how can you diet during holidays?
The two never go well together.
So what’s the best way to avoid the fitness crash during,and after holidays ?
How to avoid getting back all those pesky love handles?
25 Tips to avoid overeating during holidays
Try to exercise in the morning . This helps to decrease cravings .
Don’t skip the weights . Weight lifting helps you boost up your BMR .You burn more calories the entire day.
Those endorphins which are released when you exercise helps you avoid emotional. overeating.
Have a healthy breakfast Protein in your breakfast with healthy carbs will keep you full .Proteins at breakfast help keep you fuller, for longer periods
Don’t starve yourself.
Starving the entire day for the party, will make you overeat. .Go for low-calorie ,high fibre options.
Avoid Stress over holiday plans ,menus and guest list.That will make you stuff yourself with high salt high sugar snacks . Emotional earing roller coaster from which it’s a battle getting off.
Burning the candle at both ends cm make you crabby .So if you party till late night ,catch up on sleep next morning .
Sleep has a big role to play in decreasing stress,cravings and overall healthy eating choices.
Can your plate help ?
Yes it can!
Our minds play tricks on us
A big white plate makes you heap up all food .Even those that you don’t eat.
Take a smaller plate . If your plate looks crowded you automatically take less.
Try a coloured plate .White colour makes you eat more.Blue less according to colour psychology.
Don’t forget to use your fork while eating.
Using cutlery helps you eat slower
Avoid seconds.This is your pitfall. Remember if you keep healthy ,you can eat all your favourite food forever. Control is key .
Make water your best friend.
Yes I know this advice is as old as the hills.But it works
Drink water 2 glasses 15 to 20 minutes before your meal.It will make you full and help you avoid overeating.
Go low on Salt.
The less salt you have the less sugar you will crave.
Salt makes you swell up .
Plus its relationship with sugar cravings ,make it the number 1 evil to avoid .
Chewing 20 times as the saying goes ,does help you cut back.
When you chew your muscles break up the food into tiny pieces.This helps in digestion .
The time it takes to chew helps your brain process your eating activity.
Satiety is actually something your brain realizes.Your tummy comes quite late to the game.That’s why eating slowly helps your brain and tummy communicate better.
Mindfulness helps you enjoy every mouthful .Appreciating every morsel is a way to practice thankfulness . Plus prevent over indulging.
Eat before you cook
Before starting to cook or bake at home ,have an apple .Never cook bake on an empty stomach .
All the aroma will make you taste too much of your own cooking.
Ditch the sugary drink and the alcohol
Get water favoured with lime ,cinnamon ,and your favourite fruits.
Try to adjust the sugar content in your own baked goodies .Tweak it to make it healthy .
Use healthy methods of cooking.
Grill ,shallow fry or airfry.
Deep frying kicks your fitness out of the orbit.
Don’t eat all the deserts on the buffets . Select the one you really love . Maybe have a bite of another .
Use the 3 bite rule.First bite for pleasure.Second bite to slowly savour it.3rd bite for a lingering memory.
Be very picky about your favourites.
Practice saying No.
Ask someone to watch over you .
If you are hosting the party give away the leftovers.Maybe keep some.But not all.
Lastly enjoy your self .Keep your health in mind .But don’t obsess about it.
Do you worry about holiday over eating?
What’s your favourite way to keep fit du ring holidays ?
Comment below to let me know.
Day 23 for #NaBloPoMo
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