When holiday season arrives, we tend to lose control on how much we eat. It is time to change our routine. Becoming more active and maintaining a proper diet need to be at the top of your list. You need to adopt a healthy lifestyle during the holidays. However, there’s one concern.
You might be already three to five pounds heavier due to eating more than you should. Sometimes, partying until the wee hours of midnight makes us a little too excited, causing us to eat and drink. When we wake up in the morning, that is when we regret it.
Moreover, people with the goal to lose weight go into the holiday season thinking we can eat as much as we want because after tomorrow, we are going to be on a strict diet. We say why not start before the holiday season? Have fun, party, and eat, just don’t overeat.
Here are some tips on how not to gain weight during the holiday season:
1. Don’t Have to Eat Everything on the Table
If you are going to celebrate the holidays at a friend’s place or are going to a party, you will find a lot of scrumptious food on the table. You do not have to taste test every food. A little of everything will make you gain weight. The calories add up! Eat the food that you like, but remember, small portions only.
2. Hunger and Partying is Not a Good Combination
You do not want to party hungry.If you party hungry, chances are that you will overeat. You should always eat something before you go to a party.Click To Tweet Most probably, you have gone to dinner without having lunch. By dinnertime, you are starving. When you see food, you feel like eating everything — which you do! A balanced meal, one with protein and fiber, will keep you feeling full.
3. Limit Your Alcohol Intake
Try to limit your alcohol intake this holiday season even though we know the temptation to guzzle down more than a few drinks may too much. When you overload your system with wine, champagne, and beer, you lose your willpower to control how much food you eat. Not only does alcohol add calories, but the food you eat after it will add them too.
4. Do Not Deprive Yourself of Sleep
We know you’re excited for the holidays, but you need to sleep the night before. Sleep deprivation can make you gain weight. When you do not receive enough sleep, you tend to become hungrier, which causes you to eat more calories. Lack of sleep also slows down metabolism. In fact, making sleeping more — seven to eight hours — your new goal.
5. Set Rules for Yourself
Most importantly, you need to set rules for yourself. You need to make conscious eating decision during the holiday season. You have to be mindful about what you eat and how much you eat. With the same attitude, you need to stay on track for the rest of the year.
Happy holidays from us to you!