4 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
Many of us simply cannot avoid gaining a few pounds during the holidays. The abundance of delicious meals, snacks and seasonal beverages make it easier to gain weight during the holidays.
Let us begin by acknowledging the fact that multiple factors, such as hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity and insulin resistance can influence our metabolism and our ability to lose weight. In the absence of a medical condition, here are 4 things you can do to repel the famous holiday pounds.
1. Increase water consumption
Drink a glass or two of water before meals to feel full faster and longer. This is a very effective way to avoid overeating and cut down on caloric consumption.
2. Don’t hover around food and holiday beverages
At home, avoid the famous cookie jar and candy bar decor. It is harder to avoid overeating with food always in sight. If you attend holiday parties where food is served buffet style, spend more time in another room or as far away from the buffet table as possible.
3. Eat mini-portions
Instead of filling up your plate with food, eat mini portions. Take a little bit of the foods you enjoy and don’t feel guilty about going back for a second helping of mini-portions. Two small servings consumed within minutes of each other is a lot better than a giant meal in one sitting.
4. Make time for exercise
Don’t stop exercising just because the holidays have arrived. This is the time of year when we need it the most. You’ll be very busy with regular life and getting ready for the holidays, so, not only will exercise help you burn calories, it will help relieve the holiday stress as well. If you can’t seem to find time to work out, going for a walk after dinner instead of watching TV is a great way to increase your activity level.
You don’t have to gain a lot of weight during the holidays. As stated above, several factors such as Insulin resistance, medications, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity, etc., may also be responsible for sudden weight gain. Contact NuFemme Rejuvenation Clinic in Milwaukee, WI, to learn more about our Medical Weight Loss Program for women.