‘Holidays’ a time of the year when you don’t care what you eat and when you choose to eat. The vacation to a new place, family get together or going out to a restaurant brings with itself varieties of delicious food.
Are you worried that the vacation will ruin your weight loss plan? Holidays are tough to manage your diet and tougher to control the temptation to treat yourself with multiple cuisines. Making a food plan during the holiday seasons is a good strategy.
It is not uncommon to overeat during holiday seasons but at the same time can be avoided by the tricks mentioned below. Let us take you through 5 ways that can help you avoid overeating.
1.Eat before you leave for some event, party or even a grocery store. This keeps your temptation in control and you are able to avoid those high calorie foods. Going out starving will put you in disaster as you strongly crave for high calorie foods.
Consuming healthy protein and healthy fats before leaving your place will keep you full longer and will prevent you from consuming unhealthy stuff. It also keeps you away from buying unhealthy foods which otherwise would easily catch your eyes.
2.Keep yourself hydrated because many times your body is not able to differentiate between the need for food and water. Keeping yourself hydrated does not create any confusion and you will avoid eating unnecessarily.
3.Go slow on what you eat and chew your food thoroughly because the time you start having your meal it takes approximately twenty minutes for the brain to know if the stomach is full. Eating fast makes you eat more than your body needs and then you know the consequences of it.
4.Look for a protein rich diet- you certainly cannot stop treating yourself with tempting foods especially during vacations. Consuming proteins before having sugary items does not allow too much hike in blood sugar level. It will keep you full for long and prevent overeating.
5.Try the local foods during your vacation. Choose foods that are made from locally grown products as they are fresh and you can also enjoy your vacation by trying the local cuisine.
6.Never skip meals- Skipping meals will make you eat mindlessly. In-fact one should eat small meals in between. Skipping a meal makes you feel tired and might cause headache and you tend to eat high calorie foods during the vacations.
7.Do not stand around the buffet for long as this will tempt you to add more food to your plate. Instead take your plate and choose the corner of the room so that you can ignore the temptation by blocking the sight of food.
8.Get a good sleep- disturbed sleeping patterns are common during holiday seasons and this leads to low metabolism and adds extra weight.
9.Manage your stress- vacations can be stressful and stress is linked with overeating. Thus, keeping stress under control through meditation will help you avoid unhealthy foods.
10.Control the portion size of dessert- The more you consume dessert, more is sugar consumption and then there is weight gain. During holiday seasons desserts are the most unavoidable food. However, you can stick to one dessert and eat it slowly so that you eat less and are satisfied as well.
11.Control the alcohol intake- It is common to find alcohol and other beverages around. These high calories drinks enhance the appetite and cause weight gain. Limiting the drinks will make you eat food in limited portions and avoid overeating.
Maintaining and following a food plan is not easy especially during the holiday seasons but the above tips will certainly help you spend the vacations without any guilt of hampering your health.
Avail yourself with a food strategy on hand, this will prevent you from the disaster of comforting yourself with foods. Holidays might be a season of food, wine and also stress. This demands you to be more vigilant in making the healthy choice of food. So, enjoy the holidays that are healthy for your body and soul.