The holiday season is here, leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler and of course all the delicious baked goods are being baked. This is the happiest time of the year, and the most dreaded time of the season for people trying to lose weight. Research shows that on average most Americans will put on a minimum of 2 pounds every holiday season. While this might not seem like a lot, most people will never lose the weight gained during the holiday season. This leads to unwanted pounds being gained each year. But, this is the year you are going to lose weight during the holiday season! We have listed 7 easy steps to follow that will help you keep the weight off with even the potential to lose weight during the holiday season.
- Order Like a Kid
- That’s right when you go out to dinner consider ordering off the kids menu! Usually the number of calories for kid’s meals is much less then that of adult entrees. If restaurants frown upon this, look at the lighter options on the menu such as salads. When eating at home use a smaller plate for your meals. This tricks your brain into thinking you are eating more than you really are consuming.
- Drink Like an Athlete
- No, that doesn’t mean you can go out and party like you just won the World Series or Super Bowl. But rather put down those high in calorie alcoholic and sugary drinks and drink more water. When you increase your water, especially prior to a meal it will help prevent you from binge eating.
- Spice Things Up & Forget about the Sweets
- We all have those sugar cravings, especially during the holiday season when desserts are always around. We have a challenge for you next time your reaching to add sugar to something, consider adding cinnamon instead. Adding cinnamon can help reduce not only your blood sugar, but also cholesterol and triglycerides. Spices and spicy food help to increase metabolism and in turn increase the number of calories burnt a day. There are many healthy spices you can add to different dishes. So while your in the kitchen cooking for large holiday meals try spicing things!
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
- Braving the craziness of the shops and restaurants during the holiday season can be quite stressful. Shouldn’t the holidays be filled with happiness and joy, not stress and anxiety? Well take it from us and don’t sweat the small things in life! Try and block out some time everyday where you can relax. Whether that is taking a calming bath, or going for a walk, taking a nap, exercising or what ever you find relaxing is. Managing your stress will help you stay in control of your eating and prevent you from going on a carb eating rampage!
- Make sure to Veg Out
- Don’t forget to eat your veggies this holiday season. Vegetables are a great way to help watch your portion control and prevent the unwanted weight gain. Because vegetables contain fiber, other nutrients, and water they fill you up during meals opposed to the unwanted and empty calories carbs and sweets offer. This will keep you from over eating and feeling fuller long after meals have been consumed. Vegetables can also help give you a boost in energy in the afternoon by preventing that afternoon dip in your blood sugar allowing you to exercise.
- Sleep the Night Away
- As the days get longer and the weather gets cooler the amount of sleep we get should not be shortened, but actually get a little longer. Getting good quality sleep helps recharge our natural energy sources. Resent studies have found that women who slept 7-9 hours a night weighed less on average then those who were sleep-deprived. Good quality rest helps reduce anxiety and stress which, are 2 major contributing factors to an increase belly fat.
- Don’t Forget about Exercise!!
- As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season gets into swing one of the easiest things to forget about is daily exercise. We understand nobody wants to spend all day at the gym when there is holiday shopping and dinner parties to attend. Getting in a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day can help boost your metabolism to help burn those unwanted calories eaten during holiday parties.
Have a Happy Holiday Season from all of us at Desert Health Specialists!!