Helpful Hints on How to Beat Holiday Weight Gain
The holiday season is in full swing. Friendsgivings, big family dinners, work potlucks- the amount of food to be consumed over the next few weeks can do some considerable damage in the weight department. Not only are the get togethers and gatherings filling up your schedule by the minute, but the classic dishes that we all know and love are unfortunately not so great for our waistline either. It’s time to face the facts: statistics show that the average American gains 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. For those of us who want to stay mindful of our bodies this season, here are some helpful hints on how to avoid your typical holiday weight gain!
#1 Drink Warm Water with Lemon each Morning
Although it doesn’t sound as glamorous as a cinnamon graham cracker latte or pumpkin spice cappuccino, warm water with lemon is proven to increase your metabolism. In addition, lemon is known to lower blood pressure, reduce heartburn, and improve liver function. Especially over the holiday season, be proactive and drink lemon water to increase your metabolism, helping to fight against holiday weight gain.
#2 Workout Before you Eat
Take the initiative and workout the morning of your big dinner to easily torch a ton of calories. In addition, working out in the morning will earn you a substantial after-burn. Known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, the longer and more intense of a workout performed requires more oxygen to be consumed by the body. Hence, your metabolic rate will increase, causing you to burn more calories throughout the day.
#3 Use Smaller Plates
The bigger the plate, the more you eat, it’s that simple. By eating off of plates that are 8-9 inches in diameter, instead of your standard 10-12 inch plates, you are essentially tricking your mind into thinking you are consuming a larger portion of food than you actually are. Let your plate control your portion, leading you to stop adding excess food to your holiday plate.
#4 Wear Form Fitting Clothing
Ditch the loose shirts and stretchy pants and go for a more form fitting look this holiday season in order to beat overeating. Although it may sound a little silly, the tighter the clothes that you wear, the more uncomfortable you will begin to feel as you eat. Now, although this doesn’t sound so great, it will help you control your consumption. In turn, you’ll be less inclined to go back for seconds if your waist line feels like it’s about to burst. If you’re trying to keep your weight under wraps this holiday season, keep this little tip in mind, as it might help you in the long run!
#5 Keep the Food in the Kitchen
Instead of going family style, keep all of the main dishes in the kitchen to avoid easily piling more food on your plate once you’re finished with your first serving. By having a clear table with no food, you are less inclined to get up from the table to travel to the kitchen for seconds. Out of sight, out of mind!
#6 Beware of Booze
We all know that nothing goes together better than wine and Thanksgiving. But, before you let the wine flow, think twice about your weight and diet goals. Wine and other festive cocktails are great paired with a traditional Thanksgiving meal. However, for those of you who are trying to keep your health in mind throughout these busy months, skipping on the alcohol means you are consuming an overall lower amount of calories throughout the evening!
I hope these tips have helped! If you have any holiday health hints I missed, let me know in the comments below!