Christmas is the season when it is easy to eat, drink and be merry as we enjoy the company of our friends and family. No one wants to be a Grinch at any Christmas party or a family gathering. However, when it comes to dealing with the temptations of the season’s unhealthy abundance, you don’t need to be one.
This also turns into a time of the year for overeating and weight gain. The holidays don’t have to be associated with weight gain; you just need to focus on a healthy balance of food, activity, and fun. Keeping healthy through the holiday season is achievable if you put your mind to it.
Eating Without Getting Extra KG’s – Difficult but Possible
Meals during holiday tend to be a large and buffet style. Most of us wouldn’t think – eating a large portion of healthy food – is a common mistake. Including nutrient-rich foods in your diet is great, just remember that these foods have calories as well and should be enjoyed with some self-control.
Many people fall off the exercise bandwagon after the holiday season or rule out the idea of getting into shape during the festive period. In any case, given that one of the main excuses not to exercise is lack of time, a break from the usual routine can provide the ideal opportunity to start or keep up physical activity. Not only staying active over Christmas reduces your chances of gaining weight; it also helps stimulate you, reduce stress and give you a break.
Here are a few tips to help you keep that seasonal weight gain at bay:
Eat and Chew Slowly
By eating slowly, the stomach tends to adjust to the quantity of food consumed and will ease the efficient breakdown and absorption of nutrients. This will help the body properly convert food into energy and allow the easy passage and disposal of waste.
Slowing down while eating will let us experience the full flavour of our holiday indulgences and will give us an extra layer of joy to the season. This eating strategy may have the additional benefit of helping us recognize that traditional holiday foods never give us extra satisfaction and are no longer worth the extra effort or calories they require.
Sleep More to Weigh Less
If you’re getting under 7-8 hours of rest, you might be a candidate for that dreadful holiday weight. Skipping your sleep increases cortisol levels, which then builds belly fat. Getting only a couple of hours of shut-eye will increase cravings for sweet and salty foods, which are uncontrolled during the holidays.
The benefit of having enough regular, quality sleep will regulate your digestion and can help lose weight and reduce overeating. Sleep is an important controller of metabolism. When you are sleep-deprived, hormones that regulate digestion and hunger are affected, making you more likely to consume more calories.
Do a Morning Cardio
Forty-five minutes of walk or cardio will give you an awesome start on your day. This will accelerate your digestion so you’ll have a high metabolic rate to burn off excess fat from your entire body.
While you’re at it, why not combine it with Reformer Pilates? Reformer Pilates helps you offset all those side effects of the holiday indulgence. It will help you strengthen, stretch, shape and firm up all your core muscles (abs, butts, back, spine and thighs/legs) and all your other muscles, to help you become stronger without bulking up your muscles.
The fitter your body is, the faster your metabolism, since muscle mass is metabolically active, which means it burns fat fast and burns it even when you’re resting. Hence, you’ll burn off more calories, to help you lose inches off your body.
Keep Your Body Well-Hydrated
In the midst of visiting through the day and partying all night, make sure you never compromise on your fluid intake. Staying hydrated revitalises and invigorates you from within and also helps flush out the toxins you may have taken along the way.
Water also helps to suppress appetite. When you feel hungry, you may be dehydrated and water offsets the sugar-spiking and headache-causing effects of alcohol as well.
Drinking water helps boost your metabolism and cleanse your body of waste. Also, drinking more water helps your body stop water retention, so you can avoid putting on those extra pounds of water weight.
Wrapping It Up (with a Bow!)
Food and festivity will always be a major part of the holiday season – and there is certainly nothing wrong in that. However, the holiday season is also a busy time for many of us, and we need a lot of energy and stamina to adapt it. It is essential that we eat the right type of food with the necessary nutrients to give us energy and reduce stress levels. This is not to say that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to indulge a little, but we should eat in moderation and maintain a balanced diet.
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