5 Tips on Surviving the Holiday Weight Gain
The holidays are upon us and so are the parties and thus the weight gain roller coaster.
I’d like to provide you some tips to help keep the weight off and energy high.
Here are some tips at keeping your portion sizes smaller:
Use smaller plates and bowls. If you are approaching the buffet table at a party or family gathering go for the smaller plates and bowls. The smaller the plate the lesser the food that goes on it.
Serve yourself 75% of what you think you want to begin with. Most of the time our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, especially when we are hungry. So serve yourself less food to begin with, so you will have less to eat.
Eat slowly, putting your eating utensil down between each bite and chewing each bite at least 20 times. It takes about 30 minutes for your stomach to let your body and mind know that you are full and do not want any more food. This is harder to determine when you are surrounded by others stuffing their faces. So just take it slow and tell yourself to chew each bite and enjoy each bite, so your stomach can let you know when to stop.
Drink a large glass of water before sitting down to eat and also before you get seconds. Most people are in a constant state of dehydration, so simply drinking more is healthier along with the fact that it fills your stomach making you full quicker.
Eat smaller meals more often to avoid becoming crazy hungry and binging. It’s best to eat every 3 to 4 hours everyday. This helps to stabilize your blood sugars which help to keep you feeling full. Be sure to aim for 20g of protein three times per day and aim for foods with lower sugar or glycemic loads.
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Wishing you a wonderful upcoming holiday season!