The holidays are simply wonderful and we love them for the holiday spirit, the joy, the food and the desserts that come along. If only we could eat as much as we want without worrying about the pounds that are inevitable in every holiday season. Research shows that holiday season overeating leads to weight gain but if you learn to eat smart and exercise in the meantime there’s a way to enjoy that lovely food and still not gain a few pounds.
In this article we’ll reveal 13 smart holiday hacks which will help you through the festive season mush easier:
Set your goals before hand
If you want to prevent weight gain and overeating, you need to start off the holiday season with a specific goal in mind. Eat just one dessert a day and hit the gym or jog at least 3 times per week. Set your goal and try to achieve it, knowing that you can enjoy the pleasure only if you don’t skip on your set intentions.
Start with healthy food to keep you satiated
When you get to a party start off with a plate of veggies or fruits instead of reaching for the meat or cheese first. These healthy snacks have all the nutrients you need and will prevent overeating. Once you start off properly then you can eat some protein or grains so go for whatever you enjoy the most.
Hydration, hydration, hydration!
Drinking plenty of water is crucial during the holidays as it will prevent overeating and keep you hydrated. We often forget all about water when the holidays come and focus on drinking sodas and alcohol but if we only started our meal with 2 glasses of water things will be very different.
Exercise during the day
It’s best if you keep your exercise routine in the AM part of the day. In this way you’ll kick off your day with a metabolism boosting habit and keep your energy levels up. This healthy habit will help you burn more calories throughout the day and boost your mind and body.
Get loaded on healthy snacks at work
If you bring along a pack of almonds, coconut, cashews or dark chocolate to work you’ll be able to steer clear of the chips and candies. And who said that healthy can’t be tasty, sprinkle some cinnamon on apples and enjoy the delightful snack.
Pay attention to how and what you eat
Don’t get carried away and munch on anything you can get your hands on. Mindless eating will lead to weight gain but if you watch your calories intake, the type of food you eat and how you eat it you’ll be able to prevent overeating and weight gain. When you sit down to eat turn off your TV, leave your phone or laptop aside and focus on the meal. Chew slowly and enjoy every bite.
Be active after lunch
We all have love to lie down on the couch after a big meal and enjoy some relax time. However, experts say that instead of doing this, a nice, short walk after a heavy dinner or lunch is a much healthier option. It will get our circulation going regulate the sugar levels in the blood and burn calories as well.
Physical activity throughout the day
An overly sedentary lifestyle will lead to a slower metabolism and prevent calorie burning. If you just implement some small routine changes like walking down and up the stairs instead of taking the elevator or leaving your car a few block further from your workplace and walking to work it would jumpstart your metabolism and help you burn more calories.
Never leave the house hungry
If you go out with friends feeling hungry you’ll increase the odds of eating some junk food, you won’t be able to resist it. Instead, improve your odds and eat a small meal before going out, you’ll eliminate the need to eat later.
HIIT workouts are excellent
HIIT workouts are short but efficient and you can perform it at home. Doing just 20 minutes of HIIT will stimulate your body to burn calories in the following 49 hours, which is impressive. Going to the gym will take much longer and we don’t always have that much time at our disposal.
Improved healthy versions of your favorite meals
You can make your favorite meal to be a healthy one by just changing one or two ingredients. The taste will still be more or less the same, but you’ll feel much better and lower your calorie count. Switch from maple sugar and regular sugar to dates or bananas, they’re naturally sweet and will improve any dessert’s taste.
Even if you slip up, give yourself a break
Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up, we’re all humans and can make mistakes. Just admit you’ve made a mistake and make sure it doesn’t happen again, it’s the holiday season after all we can all give ourselves a break once or twice.
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