Staying healthy over the holiday season is no simple task. Did you know the average person gains a pound of fat over the holiday season and overweight people gain even more? It may not sound like much, but if you are already overweight, every extra pound is a pound too many.
The trouble with holiday weight gain is, if you aren’t able to lose the weight you gained, it will just stick around throughout the year and before you know it, you’ve gained ten pounds in what seems like the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, the weight we packed over the holidays isn’t as easy to lose as it was to gain and that’s why I’ve put together a few tips to help you stay healthier this holiday season.
Eat before you eat. Yeah, you read that right. I like to eat something healthy at home before I go to parties. My husband always says, “Oh, I don’t want to ruin my appetite” but that’s exactly what I want to do. If I go to a party on an empty stomach, I will spend my time hovering around the appetizer table, eating way too much food that I should not be eating in the first place. Sure, a few chips and dips never hurt anyone, but I know myself and I cannot eat just one of anything. So unless you have incredible self control, eat a healthy treat before you put yourself and your diet in a compromising situation.
Drink a glass of water before you eat. Filling up your stomach with liquids will actually make you feel full, thus tricking you and your stomach into thinking it’s eaten more than you actually have.
Limit how much food you put on your plate. I love to eat and I want to be able enjoy the foods I love, but I have to have a little self-control. The best way to do that is to take a small serving size of your favorite foods, but leave some space on your plate. If your plate is overloaded, you have way too much.
Slow down. Don’t eat so fast. The faster you eat, the more you may eat, because your stomach and your brain haven’t been able to keep up with you. This means you may not feel full, even though you are full. So slow down, savor your food at a pace that will allow you to recognize when you are full so you can avoid that dreaded I’m so full I could explode feeling.
Exercise and burn calories any way you can. Staying healthy isn’t all about just eating right, you have to actually get moving, too. If you have a gym membership, use it. But if you don’t have a gym membership, work out at home. I love exercising to get-fit YouTube videos from fitness gurus like Blogilates and JennyFordFitness. I also exercise in unexpected ways. For example, I like to park far away from a building I’m going into so I can walk farther. I will also take the stairs instead of the elevator, which is a great way to get a cardio workout. You really don’t have to spend any money to get fit, you just have to get moving.
Written by Trisha
Trisha is a writer, blogger and web-designer for Stuff I Love Blog who strives to help consumers cut out the clutter in their lives, by helping them discover amazing products that have been tried and tested to be worth their hard earned money. When she’s not busy writing reviews, she helps create websites and design logos for other businesses via her other baby, Tomahawk Web Design.
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