Festive season partying can drain the willpower and weaken delicately guarded principles. Weight management is one of most vulnerable areas likely to be disrupted by holiday season indulgences.
Even the most disciplined eaters may find themselves going against their strictest personal fitness resolutions during end-of-the-year celebrations. Once rigorously observed exercising routines sustain inestimable dents around this very time.
However, there are some failsafe tips and tricks that can help you keep a keen eye on your calorie intake as you usher in the new year. Continue reading to learn some of the best ways to eat less over Christmas.
Keep a Journal
Your current weight is the product of the amount of calories you consume on a regular basis. Keeping a clear record of what you eat is thus one of the most effective ways to stay perfectly healthy over the Christmas.
According to several research findings, there seems to exist a close connection between recording what goes into the stomach and one’s fitness status. Even health experts agree that this is one of the surest ways to keep your weight under control throughout the festive season.
The same research conclusions show that those who try to lose weight without recording calories don’t shed pounds as effectively as their counterparts who do. Tracking all that goes into your belly is one of the surefire tips to achieve your fitness goals over the holidays.
Nuts Before Meals
Having some nuts before meals helps stave off hunger and avoid overeating. It’s recommended that you chew them about 10 to 30 minutes to the main dish.
This means you’ll avoid likely weight gain and still fully enjoy favorite Christmas delicacies. It only ensures you aren’t feeling so hungry as you recline at the predictably tempting dinner table.
People battling obesity are therefore advised to carry at least a sachet of mixed nuts to chew them between meals. They’ll be not only keeping hunger pangs at bay but also getting lots of vital nutrients…nuts remain a profoundly nourishing nutrient source.
Drinking extra glasses of water around the festive season is one of the best ways to eat less over Christmas. Take some water while preparing meals or as you wait to be served at a restaurant.
This simple and painless tip lowers appetite before main meals. It also confers the very colossal benefits associated with staying properly hydrated.
Drinking lots of water not only helps you eat less but also more slowly…you hardly can err with this age-old weight loss hack.
But you should avoid consuming too much fluids as this might ruin your appetite altogether. If you don’t feel like sipping extra glasses of water, you may try non-sugared beverages such as green tea.
Serving food in smaller plates can help you eat less over Christmas. Large platefuls can make you take more calories than you’d planned to.
Use salad-size plates instead of larger tray-like ones. Psychologists confirm that eating from smaller-sized table vessels can help you feel fuller with less food.
The brain links a larger white space with less food and vice versa. But a full-looking plate – though containing little quantities – makes one think they’re actually wolfing down rather vast amounts of food.
Keep all huge-sized plates away during the festivities so as to tame your raging appetites. You can bring them back once the festive period is over.
High-protein diets can help maintain your weight within healthy weight brackets over the festive season. Such diets are not only low-calorie menus but also highly prized for their unbeatable satiety.
Plant-based proteins are especially great for their profound muscle-building nourishment. Even animal proteins – if well selected – are also good for muscular mass and energy.
Some of the finest sources of animal proteins include turkey, quinoa, lentils, beans, and chicken. They should be had in well-measured minimal doses though…consuming too much of fats and proteins might trigger obesity instead of weight loss.
It’s not very prudent to eat on a daily basis, for example. But a few pieces once a week is far more nourishing than none at all.
Research studies undertaken in the United States showed red could lead weight in the same way added sugar does.
Guest post: Jason Coote
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Marlene Rice is the founder of Palm Beach Coach. When she’s not serving her clients, she loves to travel. She calls West Palm Beach, Florida her home.
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