Almost every single dieter in the history of diets has decided that the holiday season is when they can take a break and let their belts out. Well, you can. It’s totally up to you. But doing so will result in some pretty crucial weight gain that will leave you behind the 8 ball and starting over from scratch.
I know it might not be something you feel like doing during the holidays, but we’re looking to lose weight instead of gain it this holiday season.
And the best part: you can actually do this without depriving yourself of the foods you love.
Here’s How to Lose Weight instead of Gaining Weight
Meals in Moderation
You can enjoy the types of foods you want here, only with a couple of rules:
- Eat everything in moderation.
- You don’t need a huge scoop of every side.Pick out a few you like and eat a spoonful.
- Try to limit your carbs and go heavier on the proteins.
- Eat a small meal instead of a large one; you can then eat another small meal in a few hours.
Slow and Steady
Take your time when you’re eating. The holidays are all about relaxing, so don’t woof your food down. Take small bites, chew your food up, and enjoy the meal. This way, you’ll know when you’re full and you’ll eat a whole lot less but remain a lot more satisfied.
Timing is everything
When you’re feeling hungry or get those holiday-time cravings, go ahead and wait at least 10 minutes before eating. It’s going to take some will power, but making yourself wait will enable you to eat smaller meals more slowly and to take in fewer overall calories.
Make Room for Sweat
Now, when you wake up in the mornings, after brushing your teeth and making a pit stop and all that, it’s important that you begin the day with a workout. Yeah, it’s a pain in the you-know-what, but you’ll need to get your body revved up and burning calories if you’re hoping to lose weight instead of gain it this holiday season.
You can take a brisk walk, ride the exercise bike, walk the dogs, and/or do some jumping jacks – anything that’s cardio, basically, before you start your day. Hey, nobody said it was going to happen by itself. You’ll have to put the work in.
Note: also drink plenty of water during your day and pass on those cocktails.