The holiday season is a great chance to enjoy food and fun with the people you love the most. Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to go overboard when it comes to festive eating. Who can blame you when there are so many delicious treats that only come around during this time of year. Sometimes it’s impossible to say no as we indulgent food that makes the holiday season even more exciting. But by the time New Year’s rolls around, a lot of us regret eating so much as our waistline begins to expand.
With healthier eating and smarter choices, there’s no reason why you have to deal with weight loss after the holiday season. It’s entirely possible to stay fit while enjoying family meals and good times as well. Of course you won’t be able to go crazy with all of the food you’d like to eat, but you might be surprised at how enjoyable careful moderation can be. Here are some things to consider that will help you to stay trim during the holidays.
Avoid Dieting – it might seem like a good idea to skip a few meals or go on an all-out diet for the holidays. But if you don’t do things carefully, you could end up creating incredible cravings that become irresistible. You might also slow down your metabolism to the point that your body can’t help but gain weight throughout this time. You should avoid unhealthy dieting at any time of year, and there is virtually no chance of success in the long term if you start during the holidays.
Don’t Go For Seconds – this seems like a very simple rule, but it can work wonders if applied appropriately. Just make sure that you don’t go for seconds at family meals. Whether it’s a meal cooked by your grandmother or a self-serve buffet, go ahead and indulge with your first plate. Limiting yourself to one helping will help to cut down on the excess calories.
Watch the Drinking – remember that every calorie counts during the holiday season, and for many people, a lot of calories come from a drinking. Every delicious alcoholic beverage contains calories and in many cases, more than you know. You don’t have to go completely dry during the holidays, but you should be aware of how much you drink and where you can cut back.
Cook Your meals – a great way to ensure that you aren’t getting too many high cholesterol foods or excess calories is to prepare your own meals. Instead of going out to a restaurant for a big family dinner, think about using fresh ingredients and the healthiest recipes you can find. Having full control over what goes into a menu gives you far more control over your overall health. Obviously you aren’t going to be able to cook every meal during the season, but one or two can make a tremendous difference.
Exercise – if you are serious about staying fit during the holiday season, then get up off the couch! You might be loaded with obligations and busier during this time of year, but there are no excuses for not exercising. It will help to keep your metabolism going and allow you to indulge in more treats because it gives you a lot more leeway your overall caloric intake. Rather than dealing with a fast weight loss program in the future, maintain a healthy degree of exercise and you’ll be able to maintain your regular weight.
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Staying Fit and Healthy During the Holiday Season