As the holiday seasons approach us one of the common activities that we share amongst everyone celebrating is spending time with family and friends. Unfortunately, this involves going to numerous holiday dinners and for some that are on a strict diet or watching their calorie intake this can be quite the challenge and might even give in to temptation. You might be asking yourself, how can I stay loyal to my diet and keep from eating unhealthy during the holiday season. If that thought has been on your mind as the holidays approach us then please read on. This article will help list several helpful ways in order to do so.
Many of us forget about our diets and the common weight gain in the holiday season is anywhere from seven to ten pounds. This is why gym memberships are high in the beginning months of the year, due to many wanting to burn off all the pounds that they have gained as well as New Year resolutions in wanting to lose weight. To make the holiday season one that is healthy and will help us not gain weight the following are a few tips in order to do so.
Most of the traditional food that we eat during the holiday season whether it is Thanksgiving or Christmas can be made into a low fat, low sodium version by substituting ingredients for healthier alternatives. Turkey can be very lean without any of the fat and the skin and the whiter portion of the meat is healthier than the darker meat and mash potatoes can be made with low-fat milk instead of whole milk and gravy can be made without using any fat. As we know desserts and many food choices are plenty during the holiday season and as tempting it is to fill ourselves with many of these delicious dishes sampling a little bit of everything can be very filling and will allow us to enjoy each item.
During the holiday season, we have to remember to stick with our exercise routines. Just because the holidays are in we can’t cheat ourselves from neither our diets nor our exercise and in order to burn the extra calories and the weight that we have gained going for a walk with family can be a social activity that the entire family can enjoy. As it would be fun to sit around the table telling stories, this can also be done by enjoying the fresh air and going for a short walk around the block.
Another helpful tip is to eat in small portions during the day, this allows our body to gain the nutrition and by the time we feel hungry again it will be time to eat again. By planning how much we are going to eat, we can keep from overeating and also have control on our diet and the amount of calories that we have. Avoiding alcohol and soda is also very important as this contains many calories and ingredients that are neither nutritious and there is no benefits to either of these when it comes to the terms of our diet.
This article helps list several ways that are helpful tips that the reader can put to action to help cut calories, fats, sodium and help to lose weight while enjoying this joyous time with their family and loved ones. By eating less, eating right, eating healthy and exercising we can ensure that we will burn the calories that we gain and also not put on any pounds. This will keep us continuing with our diet and weight loss goals that we have set for ourselves helping us feel better both emotionally and physically. We are in charge of our health and with the proper information and the means we are able to put these ideas into action.