5 Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight Over the Holidays
Holiday Weight Gain is Real
While many people joke that they’re “bulking up” for the cold winter months, it turns out, gaining weight during the holidays is a real thing. The endless holiday treats, weekly parties, and busy schedules create the perfect recipe for fat storage. Most people will gain at least a pound over the holidays. Although this may not seem like much, it adds up over the years. Be that as it may, there are ways to avoid gaining weight altogether, just keep the following tips in mind during your holiday celebrations.
Fill up on Protein at meals
If there’s one macronutrient that you will be okay overeating it’s protein. While too many carbs or too much fat can lead to weight gain, it’s quite hard for the body to store protein. It’s used by almost every cell in the body and is especially important to muscle building. So, grab some extra chicken and fish at the serving table and less potatoes and pasta.
Drink plenty of water
Hydration is vital for your overall health. However, it’s especially important during the holidays when you’re traveling and attending several holiday parties. Not only can filling up on water help you decrease the amount of food you consume, but it also keeps your metabolism going.
Avoid mindless snacking
Whether it’s the office, a party, or even at home, holiday treats follow you wherever you go. Avoiding them is impossible so instead, work on practicing some self-control. Before you grab that cookie, ask yourself if you’re even hungry or just mindlessly snacking. You’ll start to see just how much food you can avoid by simply pausing for a second to think about your hunger.
Skip sugary drinks and cocktails
Extra calories can easily be avoided by skipping the eggnog and peppermint martinis. Most of these drinks are made with sugary syrups that, although can be quite tasty, have no nutrient value. All you’re getting are empty calories that will turn in to fat later. Opt for clear, light beverages at parties.
Practice portion control
It’s hard saying no to delicious holiday dishes that you probably only get once a year – and you don’t have to! What you do need to do is reduce your serving size a bit. Have a smaller slice of cake and a bite or two of peppermint brownies. Just enough to fill your craving.
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