Studies show that the average American gains seven pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. To help you stay on track this holiday season, below are 10 tips.
- Treat yourself to some seasonal goodies like pumpkin pie, but try to resist foods that are available anytime of the year, such as brownies.
- Eat slowly. It takes a full 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain it’s full. By eating fast, you could stuff yourself before you have time to realize you’ve already had enough.
- Always eat a little before you go to a party, so you aren’t very hungry when you arrive.
- Use a napkin instead of a plate at holiday parties; you can’t put as much on a napkin.
- Wear clothes that are formfitting, not baggy, so you feel thin and less likely to overindulge yourself.
- Alcohol is high in calories and can weaken your resolve. Drink in moderation or not at all. Remember to designate a driver who will not be drinking.
- Eat fiber-rich foods with complex carbohydrates. Things like fresh veggies, whole grains and fruit will keep you full longer and make you burn more calories to digest them.
- Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine is a drug that can cause irritability, nervousness and anxiety. Watch out for coffee, tea, cola and chocolates. Use in moderation.
- A 20- to 30-minute walk every day provides numerous benefits.
- Exercise before you go out socially. It will increase your sense of wellness and will suppress your appetite for a couple of hours.
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