Its that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner — whether it be naughty snacks in the office, drinks at the neighbours or chocolates in your stocking. All these extras add up, and if you’re like most Brits, you’ll put on an average of 4-6 pounds by New Years Day!
So what’s the harm in a little holiday weight gain? According to research, most brits never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in adult obesity.
But you don’t have to fall into this trap. It is possible to enjoy holiday goodies without putting on a single pound.
1. Never Arrive Hungry
Planning ahead can help you maintain discipline in the face of temptation. Don’t go to a party when you’re starving, try to have a nutritious snack beforehand. If you do arrive hungry, drink some water to fill up before filling your plate.
2. Divert Your Attention
Many people forget that there’s more to a holiday party than food. Don’t look at the party as just a food event. Enjoy your friends’ company or dancing. Focus on something other than food. Chatting is a great diversion, whether you’re at a small family dinner or a large party. Take your mind off of food and focus on the conversation.
3. Pace Yourself
Have you ever tried telling yourself you’ll only eat during the first half hour of a party? This strategy is a mistake.If you cram in as much as you can in half an hour, you chew faster. Chewing more slowly will fill you up with less food and this puts you in control.
4. Count Canapes
Its easy to lose count of how many canapes you have eaten at a party. A great method is to have a set amount your going to stick to so you avoid excessive calorie intake. To give you an idea on for example look how many calories and fat are in these popular choices at a party! Mini quiches are one of the worst offenders with just three of them totalling an average of 800 calories and 12 grams of fat while three chicken wings have 320 calories and 21 grams of fat!
5. Outsmart the Buffet
When dinner is served buffet style use the smallest plate available and don’t stack the food. Go for the simplest foods on the plate like protein sources, fruit and vegetables. Be careful with the sauces and dips especially ones like tartar sauce, tomato ketchup, mayonnaise and vegetable dips which have 80-100 calories in just two tablespoons!
6. Limit Alcohol
Avoid drinking to much alcohol at parties. Its just about calories but about control. If you drink a lot you wont have control of what you eat.
7. Be choosy about Deserts
When it comes to desert be very selective and limit you indulgencies to a small plate. My personal rule is if it has to be calories then it has to be chocolate. Again portion control is the key here, choose a single desert rather than several.
8.Bring your own Treats
Whether your at a friends party or an office do consider bringing a low calorie treat that you will know you’ll enjoy. This again will enable you curb any sugary cravings and more calorific options at the party.
9. Limit tasting whilst Cooking
When you getting the food ready for your guests try and crack down on too many taste tests. People lose their appetite when they have been cooking because they’ve been eating the time. Instead of eating mindlessly every few mins limit yourself to two small bites.
10. Walk it off
Finally make a new holiday tradition to do a family walk. Besides getting rid of some calories and it will keep everyone away from the food for a while so can act as a great distraction to the excess calorie consumption.
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