The holiday season is officially in full swing. It is a magical time of year. However, it is also the time of year that involves a lot of eating.
Many activities during this festive time of year revolve around food. Although those holiday activities are fun, they can also cause people to pack on extra pounds during the season. Now there is nothing wrong with partaking in the oh so many yummy goodies that come around during this time of year, but it's understandable that many may not want to see the lasting effects of this yearly indulgence.
If you happen to be one of those people that is fearful of the extra pounds, PopSugar has revealed some tips to avoid holiday weight gain, while still enjoying this wonderful season. Ilana Muhlstein, who is a nutritionist behind Beachbody's 2B Mindset program, has revealed some pointers to help you enjoy a healthier holiday, while still indulging.
Move away from the table after dinner is finished. A lot of times people sit gathering around the table even when a meal is done, which can result in grazing or snacking even when people are full. Take charge to start the clean-up process or also see if anyone wants to go for a little walk to help prevent any unnecessary eating.
Next up is to remember holiday parties and meals are not a sprint, they are a marathon. What that means is that people should not run to the food as soon as they get to a party. There will be plenty of time for food, so the pace is essential to not overeating.
Fill that plate with veggies first! It can be easy to overindulge in those heavy dishes such as casseroles, or bread or even dips. Instead hit the veggie tray then add smaller portions of those other goodies to your plate. Also, use smaller plates for the meal so if people feel they need to eat every single item on their plate it is a lower portion.
Stay clear of foods that don't have an endpoint such as chips and dip, crackers and cheese. These types of foods will constantly be refilled making it difficult to track just how much one is consuming. It is also referred to as mindless eating because the food is just there.
Last but not least fill up on water. This tip is significant because the more hydrated a person is, the less food they will eat. It is a tip that is used all year round for those looking to lose weight and the holiday season is no exception.