Eat, drink and be merry. That may be a lot of fun. However, that is a good way to pack on some unwanted pounds over the holiday season. There is a more sensible approach to enjoying the holidays, the festivities, the food and some of the drinks, while still being merry, without packing on all of those extra pounds.
Here are some tips to help you survive your holiday diet, without feeling deprived:
Drink more water:
Water helps fill up our stomach. If our stomach is full we might not eat as carelessly. Also, many times we mistakenly think we are hungry when in fact we are thirsty. A good rule of thumb is to try to drink one or two glasses a half hour before a big meal. Studies prove this will actually help you eat less, especially if you are over the age of 35.
Watch amount drinking beverages with empty calories:
Beverages such as sodas, juices, eggnogs and even alcohol contain a large amount of calories. In essence, these calories are empty calories since they really do not contain any nutritional content. For this reason, try to limit the amount of these that you drink, as much as you can.
You can easily do this by opting to drink water instead or by keeping yourself busy by munching on some nutritional food instead, chatting with friends, etc.
Increase Protein Intake:
The New England Journal of Medicine did a study of people who ate a high protein diet. They concluded that these people lost weight quicker than those who ate a diet that mostly consisted of simple carbohydrates and they kept most of the weight off for longer periods of time.
This shows that we all should be eating leaner proteins. Now during the holiday season would be the perfect time to incorporate some leaner proteins into our meals, since we could also benefit from the added energy these types of foods can help give us.
Limit portion control:
No, you don’t have to say no to all your favorite foods. Doing that would just make the holiday season less fun for you and those around you. What you can do is limit your portion control. Instead of eating a huge piece of pumpkin pie, go for a smaller piece and practice this with all of the foods you eat during the holiday season.
It helps to eat off of smaller plates and socialize with people as you eat.
Yes, you can enjoy the holiday season. You can eat, you can drink and yes you can continue to be merry. You just have to make some smart eating and drinking choices while you do this, if you want to survive the holiday season and stay on top of your holiday diet.