The festive season is just round the corner, and people are gearing up for that time of the year where families get together for celebrations and a lot of catching up to do. Thanksgiving week – end marks the beginning of the longest festive season in a year that extends through Christmas and ends with ushering in the New Year. During this time, most people tend to ignore their weight, as they indulge in tasty treats and delicious meals. It is also at this time that large amounts of alcohol get consumed.
Weight gained takes an extra effort and a longer time to loose, and I believe many want to avoid the hustle after the holidays. After all, these holidays are usually preceded by a time of brokenness and regrets. There are a few tips we can employ to keep our weight on check during this festive season.
1. It is advisable to set a reasonable goal of weight gain you are willing to tolerate. This gives you some room for flexibility without torment should you gain. However, it does not mean you let go just because you happen to be; maybe five pounds below the set goal. It only prepares you psychologically and saves you the agony of over-exercising thereafter.
2. As much as you have set a goal, you ought to keep exercising. Yes, your exercise times and frequency may be affected, as you will need extra time for shopping and hosting guests, or visiting, but it should not be an excuse to suspend exercises.
3. Watch on your snacking habit. There is an imminent danger with frequent snacking, for bit by bit in a day results to overeating. It can also result to skipping meals, hence poor nutrition. Keep snacks to a limit. To avoid the temptation, keep doing something else that keeps your mind off the snacks. This requires a high level of self- discipline and reasonable snacking.
4. Avoid skipping meals for fear of weight gain. Rather eat small quantities. And ensure that your meals are balanced.
5. If you happen to eat a large meal, try to get busy. The danger with large meals is laziness that ensues. Light duties will help with digestion.
6. Eat for pleasure. In a family gathering, there is a danger of eating excessively, just to please or satisfy the host. Avoid this tendency and find tactical ways of talking your way out of additions.
7. If you drink, do it moderately. If you can avoid it, the better. Alcohol often packs up excess calories, which then converts to fats. It also tends to make you lazy or sleepy. Keep in mind it is a depressant and not a stimulant.
8. If travelling, remember to pack your exercise gear as you will need it.
With these simple tips, you can enjoy your festive season comfortably without missing out anything. You will also feel good of yourself after the season, when you realize you have either maintained your weight or you are within your goal. Enjoy your holidays.