7 Steps To Prevent Weight Gain During the Holidays
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and lots of families are
getting ready to gather and celebrate the pleasure to be together and
the good harvest.
The beautiful American tradition of Thanksgiving
comes with good and rich food... Maybe too rich sometimes!
Here are 7
steps that will prevent you from gaining weight during this holiday
Enjoy the Holidays, stress-free this year!
- Skip the cocktails, slow down on beer and go for wine.
Cocktails often contain fruit juices (full of sugar) and spirits (high
in alcohol), which makes them a killer for your waistline. Red wine,
however, is full of resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant which helps to
keep a healthy heart and vasculature (among many other good
things). Yet, moderation is your best friend!
- Chew slowly and for a long time
Remember parents telling you to chew slowly when you were a kid?
Guess what they knew what to teach you! Scientific studies have shown
that in our fast-pace society, people barely chew their food. This not
only makes the work harder for your stomach, but it also prevents your
body form sensing when you already had enough food, which leads you to
overeating. Eat slowly and chew each mouthful at least 20 times. This
guarantees that you will not overeat.
- Pass on the snacks
Most of us enjoy nibbling on snacks with our drink, right before the
meal. Unfortunately, they add up a lot of calories, while you will
have a rich meal right after that. Ask for olives or veggie sticks and
if there's no alternative and you are starving, just be conscious of
the amount you "nibble"!
- Choose salads and greens
If there is a choice of salad and/or greens for the appetizer, go for those instead of other dishes, as they are low in calories and high in fibers, antioxidants and vitamins.
- Eat more turkey and less stuffing
Stuffing is very tasty and flavorful, but it's also packed with calories. So opt for eating more turkey (which is lean meat full of good proteins) and less stuffing.
- Keep the sugar at bay
Minimize the pies, cakes, cookies and sweets as much as you can and go for fruits.
- The days after
Compensate the rich holiday meal by eating lots of greens, soups and salads and minimize the intake of calorie-packed foods. This will help your body to process the energy it got from the Thanksgiving meal by using it instead of stocking it.