The holidays are the most difficult time for anyone to keep the weight off because there are so many parties that are laden with unhealthy foods. These foods are traditional and most families eat the same meals each and every season. There are some things that you can do in order to keep the weight off while still enjoying your mom’s famous pumpkin pie. The following are three ways to keep from gaining weight during the holidays:
1. Water – Every dieter knows that the key to eating less is by drinking more water. While this can be boring for you, it is vital in order to keep from eating. Water also helps you to get your body’s metabolism working quicker so you do not feel as hungry as you would without it. Dehydration can also make you feel hungry when really your body is craving fluids. So if you are properly hydrated, you are not eating when your body is thirsty.
2. Eat Early – Never eat after 7 pm at night as you are getting ready for bed and then the food is just sitting and building up calories. You do not burn enough energy while sleeping to get rid of excess calories. If you have to plan two meals for one day, make sure one is lunch and one is an early dinner. If you have to eat later at night make sure you skip the pie and carbs and eat fresh meat and vegetables.
3. Smaller Plate – Do not take a huge plate that can hold tons of food on it. You may feel like you are required to eat it all and may do so even if you are full. If you use a smaller plate, you can still have a few bites of everything and you can always get a bit more if you are still hungry. If there is no small plates put out for dinner guests, then ask the host or hostess to provide you with one.
It does not have to be a chore to see how much weight you have gained during the holiday season if you employ some weight gaining prevention tactics. Use a smaller plate and drink plenty of water to keep from over eating out of courtesy. Always eat as early as possible so your body has enough time to burn off the excess calories. If you do these things, you can maintain your weight or even lose a few pounds while everyone else is gaining it.