How to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain
If you snack before you go out, you'll likely prevent winter weight from creeping forth!
That silly old saying, "Eat more to weigh less" that seems to make no sense has been proven true yet again. If you wish to worry less about gaining the stubborn and dreaded winter weight that tends to come with the holidays, then simply snack on something healthy.
Perhaps pick a snack with fiber, or something spicy, prior to attending that fancy dinner at which you think you might accidentally gorge. This way, you won't have to inhale the hors d'oeurves tray in a frantic hungry massacre of far too many carbs.
Fiber and lean protein
Foods that are high in fiber often contain a nice amount of protein, as well. This power-combo of nutrients is sure to curb any lingering desires to stuff your face during the holiday gatherings. While you might rather be food-drunk than listen to your creepy great aunt tell the story about her pet tarantula, a snack that's high in fiber and protein will help you to stay content and full. Opt for whole wheat crackers and low-fat cheese. This filling choice will also provide you with a nice boost of energy.
Another fantastic snack to munch on prior to holiday parties is vegetables. Whether you like them steamed, raw, or grilled, it doesn't matter. They will all help you skip the starchy side of rice, corn, or potatoes [everyone's weakness!] later in the night. If you do have the choice for veggies at the dinner, ask for a double portion, steamed or grilled, in place of the starchy carb mountain that will destroy your diet, salty fry by salty fry.
Spice Up Your Life
If you didn't already know, spicy foods and your metabolism are best friends. They're soul mates. If you wish to eat more than necessary, spice it up to bring your body's metabolic rate up higher than usual, as well. Another thing that's great about spicy foods-- you'll likely eat less due to feeling fuller soon. Two great options are black pepper and ginger. Enjoy!
Three Bite Rule, Wine, and Shots
If you cannot say no to the sweets at the end of the meal, tell yourself you're allowed to have three bites. Take your time, savoring each small bite, and when the third is in your mouth, push the plate away and place your fork on it, face down. That way, you will signal to your brain that you are finished eating, and you'll then be less likely to eat more than you need. Let the taste linger in your mouth instead of washing it down with water or wine. Speaking of wine, be cautious of how much you drink, as well. Holiday favorites like eggnog and White Russians can throw you under the bus with a whopping 400 calories per drink. Wine will save you plenty at 100 calories per serving, as will shots of liquor.
Do you try to manage your eating habits when the holidays roll around?