Wow! The smell of holidays! Filled with festivities, get-togethers with friends and family, elaborate meals, and a lot of other exciting moments. What are holidays without those creamy munchies, fried poultry, and sugary candies, and tempting desserts? Even people who are very serious about their diet tend to lose control and overeat during the holiday season and you can’t really blame them!
Wait! Does all this mean you will have to forego your diet plans and fitness regimen during the holiday season? Not really. With some simple planning, you can still be on track. Read on for some great tips to keep fit and eat healthy while you have fun during your holidays.
The truth about holiday foods: It is no secret that holiday food does not top the list of healthy foods. Add to it the winter which makes you want more hot meals to keep you warm and cosy. But indulging in these yummy foods, which you shun all year round, adds up to your winter weight and you will have a tough time losing it after your holidays. Just watch out for rich foods such as cookies, eggnogs, and cheesecakes, which are the main culprits that help those pounds pile up. While it might not be good to completely say NO to these foods, try and regulate your intake of these yummy goodies so as to maintain your healthy weight.
Be realistic about your weight loss plans: You might want to relax your weight loss plans and rather focus on maintaining your present weight during the holidays so that you don’t get overly disappointed.
Follow healthy cooking practices during holidays: Make your favorite dishes with less fat and promote a sense of healthy eating. Some simple tips for doing this are: add more fruits, onions, and garlic to your dressing; avoid frying foods, try roasting instead; de-skin your turkeys before roasting them; use low-fat diary in your holiday recipes; use less of fresh cream and fattening frost in your holiday desserts.
Find time for exercise: With so much going around during holidays, fitness and diet really don’t top the list in your mind. Celebrations are considered healthy as they give rise to positive feelings and strengthen the bonding with family, friends and the community. Nevertheless, it can be a stressful time with so much of hectic planning and arrangements to take care of. This makes finding time for exercise all the more important as a good work out is a great stress buster. Make it a point to find time for work out daily or atleast take a relaxing 15-min walk in the evening. Remember, it will also help you shed those extra holiday calories.
Avoid skipping meals: Keep eating small meals throughout the day so that you don’t overeat at the big party. Having a light fruity snack just before leaving for a party will help control your appetite at the buffet.
Choose your food wisely: At the party, prefer nutritious foods to high-calorie ones. Fresh fruit and veg salads can be a very tasty treat too. Also prefer fish to meat for your source of protein. Run through the menu and pick your favorites and fill your plate, but be sure to include some fresh veg and fruits. Skip all others and discourage the craving to taste everything on the table.
Don’t overfill your stomach: Stick to small portions at the party, keep it light and have a satisfying meal, not a stuffy one. An over-filled stomach will make you uncomfortable and take away all the fun from enjoying the party.
Limit intake of alcohol: Alcoholic drinks being an integral part of holiday eating, care should be taken not to over-do your social drinking. Always fix your limit and stay within that. Also remember, alcohol can induce over-eating!
Forgive yourself: If overeating happens against all odds, don’t go on that infamous guilt trip. Instead think about keeping the next meal light. That should balance and take care of your weight gain. Remember, just an extra piece of pie cannot cause a weight gain. It takes about 500 extra calories per day to gain a pound of weight. So stop fretting and think about what next!
We hope these tips help you enjoy the holiday season without compromising much on your diet and fitness plans, while enjoying your favorite holiday dishes and activities.
Happy and Healthy Holidays, Have Fun!