How Can You Avoid Packing on the Holiday’s Pounds?

By on November 1, 2018
How Can You Avoid Packing on the Holiday's Pounds?

The holiday season is officially upon us. It’s the perfect time to spend enjoying the company of friends and family. Between holiday dinners and parties and get togethers with loved ones, you’re likely to be surrounded delicious food and sweet treats. It’s easy to see how calories can really start to add up with the holiday pounds.

Splurging a bit during this time of year is nothing to feel guilty about, but remember the important rule: Everything in moderation. As you get older, your metabolism changes and slows down. This can make losing any extra weight more challenging. And as we know, carrying a few extra pounds after the holidays is pretty typical, but we’d all like to prevent it if possible. Good news! We’ve got the tips you need to avoid packing on that extra holiday weight this year.

Eat Something Beforehand

Arriving to a party hungry isn’t the best idea. You might consider skipping breakfast and/or lunch in order to “save room” for later, but this leaves your nutrition unbalanced. It could also lead to an evening binge. Instead, be sure to eat a healthy, balanced breakfast and lunch. That way you’ll feel your normal amount of hunger, and you can enjoy the goodies in moderation.

Take Time to Digest

When you’re surrounded by so many mouth-watering foods, it’s hard to not dive right into second or third helpings. Before refilling your plate, give yourself some time to sit and digest. It can take a bit of time before your body registers that you’re full, so immediately leaping up for more could result in a stomach ache. While you eat, chew each bite slowly and mindfully. When you’re done, chat with loved ones and give yourself at least 15 to 20 minutes before eating again.

Acknowledge Your Cravings

As we mentioned, simply denying yourself something you’re craving leaves you either feeling dissatisfied or leads to binging. After all, we all want what we can’t have, right? If you’re favorite holiday treat is pie, acknowledge that. Cut yourself a small piece, limit yourself to that one piece and savor each bite. That way, you can still enjoy a treat, but you won’t overdo it. You’re metabolism and your waistline will thank you.

Stay Hydrated

Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. When you think you’re hungry, you might actually be dehydrated. Be sure to stay on top on your water intake, especially during the holiday season. Drinking enough water helps you feel fuller, which means you’ll consume less calories. To make it more festive, sip flavored sparkling water during celebrations.

Keep Moving

If you’re consuming extra calories during the holidays, you’ll want to step up your exercise accordingly. Walking, dancing, swimming and aqua aerobics are great ways to get your heart rate pumping and stave off those holiday pounds. Moving more doesn’t just have to be about how much time you spend at the gym. Make a conscious effort to be more active. This can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away from the entrance or doing a lap around your living room during a commercial break.

Make Sleep a Priority

Poor sleep quality has been linked to weight gain and changes in appetite. When you’re sleep deprived, you might crave more sweets and have less self control when it comes to overindulging. The holidays can be hectic and stressful, so getting a good night’s sleep is more important than ever. Stick to a nighttime routine that prepares you for slumber, such as taking a hot bath, unplugging from electronics or drinking a cup of tea. If you’re having issues falling asleep, a sound machine or ambient white noise may help.

Allegra Gallian is a freelance writer and blogger who specializes in lifestyle, health, wellness and fitness. She lives in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

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How Can You Avoid Packing on the Holiday’s Pounds?