It’s that time of the year where extra calories lurk every corner. Christmas cakes, cookies and then New Year’s party. These should not be taken as liberty to gain an extra pound or two during holidays because according to researchers at national institute of health, it is very difficult to lose weight gained in winters. However it is still possible to enjoy your holiday goodies without gaining extra pounds. Some of the tips are as follows:
- Control your portion sizes. Take a small portion of all the things you like and spread these out amongst meals and/or days.
- Never arrive hungry at a party. Try to have a nutritious snack (like roasted chana, fruits, handful of dry fruits, milk) beforehand. If you arrive hungry, drink some water to fill up before filling your plate.
- Divert your attention. Don’t look at party as just a food event. Enjoy your friends’ company or dancing or focus on something other than food.
- Pace yourself. Do not try to finish your food in first half hour of party, it makes you chew faster. Munch leisurely put your fork down after every bite.
- Drinking alcohol packs a triple punch when it comes to interfering with weight loss. Besides having empty calories, some research has shown that alcohol stimulates appetite and lowers inhibition so you’re more likely to eat fried, fatty, salty foods. Try to avoid alcohol at parties if you can, or, if you know you are going to have a drink or two, not to do it on an empty stomach. Skipping meals throughout the day to save yourself calories for drinking usually backfires and leads to overeating, so pre-plan the number of drinks you’ll have and deduct those calories from your daily total.
- Don’t wait until after the holidays to start exercising. Everyone can find 30 minutes to sneak in a workout.
Party hard! And be ready to work harder on your health.