That time of year has come once again. The Holiday season has fallen upon us…and so has the big meals, candies, sweets of other kinds ect, ect. Like it or not this time of year is full of eating, and the things your eating ends up being some of the worst weight gain offenders out there, with their high fat and high calorie content, and like it or not, weight gain is usually an issue during this time of the year. I myself have already had a reminder of this when I saw I gained nine pounds this season…and that’s just Halloween candy left over’s! Boy do I have to buckle down! If you are already finding yourself facing the same dilemma, here are a few tips you might want to try.
First of all, remember your portion sizes. don’t be tempted to take big servings. Big servings means more calories for you to burn. In your normal day to day life your body only burns the bare minimum calories to keep you going. Remember that unused calories store as fat on your body. So be sure your not eating more then your body can burn in the same twenty four hour period. Here’s a suggestion on making sure your portion sizes stay small. Use a smaller plate then your used too. Believe it or not this is a mental trick. The less space you have on your plate to put food, the less food you will eat.
Just say no to seconds. Seconds may be nice but they are unnecessary and they drastically add to the calorie intake your getting. If your trying not to gain weight, and especially if your trying to lose weight, that second helping will destroy your progress really quickly and you will find your goals run askew. Just don’t do it!
Avoid carbonated or sweet drinks. These generally use high fructose corn syrup. This sweetener really does a number on your body weight as its extremely easy for your body to store it as fat. Drink water and unsweetened teas. Alcohol in moderation is ok but remember too much is really bad for your health and you should keep an eye on your intake of it. It can also add to the calories your taking in making your body work more to keep its weight down.
Eat five smaller meals a day. We’ve all heard this before but it definitely bears mentioning. When you eat five smaller meals a day it speeds up your metabolism so that your body doesn’t have the chance to store anything as fat. And better yet, since its already burning your calorie intake more efficiently, any exercise you do will be much more efficient.
Do not eat after a certain time of day. Set a cut off time for you to stop eating and stick to it no matter what. Food provides energy to the body. That unused energy stores as fat. So when you eat close to bed time you actually end up doing more harm then good to your body. The reason why is that when you sleep, anything that you ate before you went to bed is not really being used by the body for anything. So of course as with all unused energy, it gets stored as fat.
Finally…Exercise. If you don’t exercise, your body will remain right where it is. Remember that our calorie intake only covers what your normal day to day activities need to be accomplished. Great way to start is walk. Pick a day where you walk to do some of your close by errands. Or better yet, if you can afford it get a gym membership and use it. Learn how to use the different machines properly so you can get the most benefit out of them.
The holiday season is hard to deal with, especially where our body is concerned. If you really work at it, it doesn’t have to an exercise in seeing how out of shape you can get. Fight that bulge and keep your self trim.