Ah, Christmas…the time for gifts, family…and eating lots of food. Cookies, turkeys, egg nog, dressing, and chocolate are all wonderfully tasty, but they have a down-side. Sadly, it’s far too easy to get a bigger belly over the Christmas season.
Try these 10 tips to help you fight weight gain this Christmas.
Exercise Moderation: Cut Out the Gorging
Eat appropriate portions of each dish.
Especially if there are multiple dishes you want to sample, eating small portions of each one can significantly reduce your caloric intake, while still allowing you to enjoy everything you want.
Try to fix dishes that have fewer calories and can boost your metabolism.
When you are at home cooking, try to choose foods that you enjoy, but are a bit lower in calories than other options. All “sinful foods” are not equal – some are, shall we say, far less sinful.
Make sure that you keep a firm calorie count on the foods that you do eat.
When you are enjoying Christmas delicacies, keep a rough count of how calories you’ve consumed, so you know when to stop.
Frozen fruit and vegetables are great for waistlines and wallets.
When you’re not at a party, eat lots of fresh or frozen fruits and veggies. They are low-calorie foods and will help balance out the goodies you eat other times.
Limit high-calorie beverages.
Watch out for and limit your intake of calorie rich drinks like egg nog, carbonated beverages, and hot chocolate. A cup of hot tea is a good substitute. Coffee is okay, but don’t drink too much because of its high caffeine content.
Add Exercise To Your Schedule
A 20 to 30 minute exercise three times a week can keep the weight off.
Choose some exercise activities you enjoy, and add them to your schedule. Burning extra calories goes a long way to balancing out the sweets and extra food you eat at festivities.
Take a long walk (maybe a romantic holiday walk with that special someone) three times per week.
Either as part of or in addition to your exercise plan, schedule a few walks each week. Not only are they great exercise, they are a great way to escape the hectic holiday schedule.
Tips To Control Yourself At The Table
More talk, less food.
Spend more time talking to friends and family at the table than eating. Tell a few jokes, catch up on old times, talk about things you did when you were kids, etc. If you’re talking, you’re not eating (we hope).
Sit near the healthy stuff.
Sit away from the sugary and high calorie content food so that you don’t feel tempted to keep eating it. If you’re next to the cookie platter, it’s far too easy to pop a cookie in your mouth every minute or so.
Make yourself a card listing how much you can eat of each dish (for example one scoop of dressing, only having two cookies, etc.) Stick to it.
Follow these tips and let Santa be the only one to worry about a jelly belly this holiday season!
Gabriel Adams is a reviewer and writer at SmartGiftShopper.com, covering a variety of topics related to gifts and holidays. The website offers gift ideas and tips on everything from white elephant parties to Harry Potter Gifts.