5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
With these tips/ strategies you can learn how to avoid gaining weight this holiday season!
The holidays are here and it is a time when families get together to celebrate and EAT! With the weather getting colder, many of us are tempted to binge on the rich food and sweet treats that the holidays have to offer —despite our best intentions to stick to a healthy, balanced diet and avoid gaining weight.
Research shows that weight gain usually begins the week of halloween and ends (if at all) after the first week of new year. According to Forbes Magazine, many Americans gain anywhere between 1 - 5 pounds during the holidays, with an intention to lose it in January, but we all know how that goes.
So today I’m sharing with 5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain, without driving yourself crazy.
Let's dive right in........
TIP 1: DON’T SKIP MEALS
Oftentimes people starve themselves all day on the day of a large holiday meal. Trying to ‘save up’ your calories this way leads to overeating later on and feeling guilty about it. So eat light, healthy meals like oatmeal/ smoothie for breakfast and salad for lunch. Nourshing your body this way will prevent you from binging on the calorie-loaded foods during the later part of the day.
TIP 2. DRINK A GLASS OF WARM WATER BEFORE YOUR MEAL
According to Ayurveda, drinking a glass of warm water before a meal can accelerate your metabolism and speed up your digestion. And here's a little secret, it may even help curb your appetite a little bit and prevent you from overeating.
TIP 3: BEWARE OF THE BOOZE & OTHER HOLIDAY BEVS
While a couple of glasses of wine or fancy holiday cocktail sounds really good, it can add some unnecessary calories. Combined with other sweet treats, the calories can easily add up. Not to mention, alcohol can affect your decision making so you might be tempted to eat more without you realizing it. So enjoy a drink or two and then stick to good ol' water. Or try Infused water or zero calorie sparkling water for a fancier twist.
TIP 4: EXERCISE
My clients tell me that they find it harder to workout during the holidays. I get it. You are home or traveling and your usual routine is disturbed. A quick 20-30 minute brisk walk or a 20 minute power yoga session can get your blood circulating and lift your mood. If these two are not possible, pump up some music and dance your heart away. Better yet, get your family involved. Not only are you getting your workout in but you are also creating special memories with them.
TIP 5: INDULGE MINDFULLY
Holidays are about enjoying good food with your loved ones. So follow tip #1 and then enjoy some of your favorite foods in moderate amounts without any guilt.
But if you did over-indulge, don't worry, I've got you covered. Drink a cup or two of my DIGESTIVE TEA - the spices in this tea will help digest the food and help you de-bloat in no time. Check out the video above for the recipe.
Holidays are all about celebrating with people you love and making special memories with them. So indulge a little and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones!