From Thanksgiving to New Years, the winter season is packed full of holidays that feature great company and greater food. For many, the holiday meals are the best part of the winter season. Unfortunately, these meals are often full of sweet treats and high-calorie dishes that make it difficult to be ready for swimsuit season just a couple months later. With a little bit of planning and strategic eating, you can avoid putting on the extra pounds and still enjoy all the fun holiday food festivities.
Only Eat When You’re Hungry
It’s easy to mindlessly snack on food when you’re distracted by family, television, or other events. This is especially true when food is always out, as is usually the case during the holidays. During times like this, we tend to overeat without realizing it. In order to avoid this, you just have to be mindful of what you eat. Before you choose to eat, ask yourself if you’re actually hungry. If not, wait until later. This can help prevent overeating and will make you enjoy the big turkey dinner that much more!
Don’t Overdo It
Many people use holidays such as Thanksgiving as an excuse to overeat. It can be easy to get caught up in the array of tasty dishes and desserts, but overindulging is the quickest way to put on unwanted weight. A good way to avoid this is by serving yourself smaller portions. This way, even if you try everything, you are limiting the amount of food you consume to reduce your total calorie count. Plus, you still get to enjoy the decadent dessert options without feeling as guilty.
Prepare Healthier Alternatives
With meals based around starchy dishes and sugary desserts, preparing a healthy dish, such as salad or steamed vegetables, can help provide a lighter option and better nutritional value. Filling up on nutritious foods is always better than filling up on sugary and fatty alternatives. By including both in your holiday meal, you still get all the enjoyment of your favorite holiday treats while also getting the nutritional benefits of your lighter option.
Recovering from the Holiday Diet
Even with planning and self-control, it can be difficult to completely prevent weight gain during the holidays. If you are looking for a healthy way to eliminate the holiday pounds, contact Serrão Rejuvenation Center to learn about our wellness and weight loss services. We welcome men and women from Orlando and the surrounding areas of Florida.