It is well known, the holiday season is a festive time of the year.
Unfortunately many people anticipate this time period, thinking of the weight gain that is often associated with it.
As a nutritionist, I want to give you the tools to reduce your worries regarding your weight, so you can enjoy a wonderful time with your family and friends!
Tip # 1: Do not skip meals!
You might think that if you don’t eat breakfast and lunch, you will enjoy your dinner more.
By doing this your body will play a nasty trick on you! When you skip a meal, the body accumulates reserves of fat during your next one (to compensate incase you do it again).
In addition, you may starve yourself, and therefore eat more than you would have if you had eaten normally throughout the day.
Not really what you’re expecting!
Tip # 2: Small plates please!
The holiday season and their big breakfasts and dinners are a good time to taste a lot of food that only come around once a year.
To make sure you don’t over eat, it is important to take small amounts of each food.
This will allow you to eat the more caloric food that you would perhaps normally try to avoid (meat pie, meatball stew, cinnamon buns, etc).
Tip # 3: Moderation is key!
The headline says it all: moderation taste better!
It will not only limit the hangover the next day, but it will also reduce the calorie intake.
The problem with alcoholic drinks is that they have little impact on appetite and it’s easy to push up the calorie count when absorbed.
Alternating between alcohol and water becomes a double solution: stay hydrated and limit the impact on the waistline!
Tip # 4: Be active during the holiday season!
As many people have a few days off, it’s the perfect time.
Take the opportunity to go out with your family and enjoy the winter: walking, skiing, skating, playing in the snow with the kids, those are only a few of the good answers.
There is no magical way to avoid gaining weight during the holidays.
There is only a balance between your intake and the energy you have to spend.