ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Weight Loss Tips for the Holidays

Updated on December 6, 2017

Cutting down on calories and exercise plays a pivotal role with weight loss

Did you know that diets high in refined sugar and fat, with little to no vegetables and fiber, has contributed to global obesity? The holidays are fast approaching and with that comes endless invitations to parties packed with fattening foods. So how do you maintain or lose weight during this tempting season? The simplest solution is to make healthy lifestyle changes for life. Here’s how you can do this...

Exercise is Key

This is one of the most fundamental changes you could make. You need not be the next Jane Fonda, lift weights, or strive for Arnold Schwarzenegger-like muscles. The simplest change is bound to make a difference gradually. All you need to do is start with a one-hour workout session per day, tailored to your level of fitness. Start with a physical activity you enjoy. Be it a brisk walk, or gym workout, do what you love, and just simply start moving. If anything, this enables a great habit.

The Importance of Breakfast

Nutritionists are not joking when they emphasize the importance of your first meal of the day. Did you know that consuming breakfast revs up your metabolism and transforms your body into a fat torching machine? Oats are a great low GI start to the day. Or try some fat-free yogurt with a few pieces of your favorite fruit, or a scrumptious vegetable omelet.

Mind Your Calories and Certain Food Types

Portion control is important as the larger the portion, the more your body has to work to ward off fat storage. Try avoiding starchy foods completely, and replace these with low GI carbohydrates like vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. You could also substitute potatoes with sweet potatoes, or bread with low GI crackers. Vegetables also make you feel fuller for longer, which helps prevents binging. You could also substitute white rice with brown.

Remember that cakes, biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks are high in refined sugar and should be avoided. If you love chocolate, why not try some hot chocolate with fat free milk and no sugar. Or freeze your favorite sugar and fat-free yogurt as an ice-cream substitute. Avoid excessive salt intake too, as too much of this may lead to hypertension, or contribute to water retention.There are no two ways about it – Alcohol is fattening. So limit your intake considerably, or opt for alcohol-free drinks.

Consistency, a Food Diary, and Regular Weigh-Ins

Consistency forms good eating habits, so always strive to follow the same eating plan during weekends and the week. If you do fall off the bandwagon with one meal, strive to eat healthy for your next meal. However, never digress from your healthy eating plan for an entire day. Diarizing what you ingest is also a great way to keep track and essentially curb yourself when necessary.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)