With the holiday season quickly approaching, we all know food and drinks are at the forefront of every event. This also means overindulging, which can lead to weight gain which ultimately leads to the failure of your new year’s resolution to lose weight. What about making a change this holiday season to mindful eating? This does not mean you need to miss out on your favorite holiday food, enjoy them but be mindful of what and when you are eating.
Here are 4 ways to help you control your weight while still eating the food you want to enjoy this holiday season:
So many times, you eat and you don’t even know it. You could be engaging in casual conversation, preparing the meal or watching the football game and you are sitting there snacking and drinking away. You’re not mindful of the food you are consuming. Ask yourself: “Am I even hungry or am I just eating because it is there?” This can lead to overeating, which could make you gain weight.
This is important, we can all get a little out of hand especially when the dessert comes out. It is key to know that its okay to have a slice or one plate of food for dinner, but when you start to overindulge this can lead to not only feeling full and bloated but also weight gain. You should only eat when you are hungry and until you are full.
Water! This is so important and goes along with helping you control your portions. Drink water before and after a meal; this will help you feel fuller and will help control cravings. Your daily water intake varies depending on age, physical activity, pregnancy, and gender. If you let your thirst guide you, most people will meet the recommended amount. On average, consumption of water per day is 91oz for women and 125oz for men.
Keeping to your normal exercise schedule is important but we know this time of the year is busy and a couple of sessions may need to be skipped. That’s ok. You want to stay mindful about how long you are staying inactive. Prolong periods of sitting can affect your weight. You are not having that caloric deficit from exercise. Research has also shown that prolong periods of sitting can lead to some chronic diseases. Stay mindful about how long you are sitting,
Enjoy the joyful holiday season and follow the tips above to help you through staying healthy during the most wonderful time of the year. Remember: it is okay to indulge on some tasty treats for the night…but not the season. Enjoy yourself during parties, but limit yourself and remember the next day to stay on your normal schedule on making the healthiest choices for yourself.
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