Keeping Off Those Extra Holiday Pounds
The holidays are full of tempting treats. It seems that around every corner there are offers to load up on candies, cakes, pies and cookies – at the office party, within and as gifts from your neighbors or at your relatives’ homes. Each party begs you to drink tempting beverages loaded with extra calories – hot cocoa, eggnog and the many varieties of alcoholic drinks. With all of those treats in your face, weight gain is almost a certain fate. Since it is definitely a lot harder to take off extra pounds than it is to maintain your current weight, here are some tips to get through the holiday season without adding on any extra baggage:
Yummy cupcakes ~ you only need to eat one
- Remember to eat three meals a day. Around the holidays, we tend to forget about eating regular meals. We get busy socializing, preparing for holiday entertaining and cooking food for all of our guests. Starving yourself for that special holiday party or dinner will only cause you to overeat. Balanced, regular meals will prevent you from overeating and gorging on high calorie party foods.
- Pace your eating. Sometimes we eat more when we are quickly stuffing our faces without stopping to think if we are getting full. Eating slowly allows our bodies time to feel full. Slowing down the pace can also help us eat in moderation so that we might only eat one piece of pie instead of three. In between bites of food at the dinner table or while at a party, take time out to chat with friends and relatives or watch a football game as alternatives to constantly eating.
- Eat those high calorie holiday favorites in moderation or opt for ones with lesser calories. Some holiday favorites are loaded with tons of extra calories. A cup of eggnog is almost 400 calories. Pecan pie has around 500 to 800 calories a slice (http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-naughty-list-of-holiday-foods). Other incredibly high in calorie, fatty foods include cheesecakes, turkey skin and the famous cheese ball that people put out at holiday parties. Indulging in moderation can prevent you from having to work off a lot of extra pounds after the holidays. Better yet, you can opt for a glass of champagne instead of eggnog and a piece of pumpkin pie instead of pecan pie.
Maintain an exercise routine. Exercise can counter those extra pounds that would be added from the cakes, pies and alcoholic drinks that come with the holidays. You don’t have to go to the gym for 5 hours to keep in shape. Go for a short walk around the neighborhood or continue to do your regular activities such as yoga or cycling that you would normally do to stay in shape. Sticking to your routine can help your body remain fit and not become lazy during the holidays. In addition, exercise can help relieve any added stress that can come from family gatherings.
I hope these tips can help you keep off those extra holiday pounds.