The next month and a half is the holy trinity of gaining weight. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years become a perpetual excuse to overeat chocolate and sweets. We repent on New Year’s Day hoping to take off the pounds we’ve gained over the holidays.
Wouldn’t it be a better idea to develop a strategy beforehand to keep the weight down? Develop a healthy strategic approach to the holiday season in order to avoid that New Year’s Guilt. This is not only important to help prevent weight gain but also to keep the holiday blues down. People with seasonal afflicted disorder (SAD) often overeat sweets and this only makes matter worse. Proteins are the better option and have less calories.
So consider adopting this strategy to look and feel better for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
1. Fill your plate up with protein and veggies. Eat lots of turkey and green veggies. Watch the potatoes. Fill 3/4 of your plate with turkey (1/4) and green veggies (1/2). Save 1/4 of the plate for starches. If you have seconds, use the same proportions as above.
2. Cut back on gravy. Don’t soak your food in gravy. Use only a few tablespoons of gravy on potatoes and meat.
3. Desserts are a temptation. Set your mind to having a 1/2 serving of dessert only and no seconds. Don’t deprive yourself but eat sparingly.
The time between is when most people do the most damage. There is often holiday snacks and candy at work. The temptation to eat can be great.
Keeping it off in between.
1. Substitute – find low calorie snacks to keep you satisfied. Keep fresh apples and nuts handy to keep you from eating sugary snacks.
2. Replace – Make your own healthy snacks. Muffins with added protein powder can help stabilize blood sugar. Bring in xylitol candy to work and keep in desk to satisfy the sugar cravings.
If you do overeat, you can try a start blocker like white bean extract to help stop starch absorption. However be aware that it can also cause gas.
With your plan in place you can now enjoy your holidays and not feel guilty. Here is wishing you all a happy holiday from WebVitamins!by