The holiday season is one that has a lot of people gaining weight and though, this is a common thing, it does not have to happen to you.
Below are some tips to avoid gaining weight during the holidays.
1. Avoid over-eating
It’s the festive season, we know! But overeating is not a great feeling, and if done over many days it may cause some weight gain. To start with, avoid serving yourself large portions, and after your meal, when you are eyeing off that second helping or the sweets across the table, just say to yourself “I should wait another 30 minutes, and if I still want that second plate, I will have it then”. Chances are that these cravings will die down as your body has enough time to feel full and satisfied.
Research shows that women who worked out in the morning not only moved more the rest of the day, but they also responded less to pictures of tempting food in comparison to the days that they have a morning workout. Also, research has shown that people who have lost weight and kept it off regularly exercise about one hour a day.
3. Drink more water
Drinking water helps to keep you hydrated and helps to keep your body and digestion functioning the best it can. Often when you are feeling hungry for a snack, you may be dehydrated and just need a glass of water.
4. Avoid excess sugar
A little sugar is not bad for you, but too much isn’t good especially if you are looking to lose weight.
Cutting sugar from your diet which include processed food and drinks can improve your skin, give you more energy, metabolism speeds up, and you can lose weight with less struggle.
5. Eat vegetables
Try to fill half your lunch and dinner plates with vegetables or salad. Aim to include more vegetables for lunch and more for dinner. Vegetables are filling, low calorie, full of nutrients that we need, and high in fibre to keep our digestion moving.