For months together you have tracked your food and exercised religiously to keep in shape. Rather than just a fitness fad, you have made it your lifestyle and build the confidence that you are in for a long haul. But then why winter holiday season seems to be so intimidating.
The answer might sound complex and may vary from people to people based on their unique circumstances, lifestyle and various factors. However the simple answer, which I am sure you will agree to, is that unlike any other food centric holidays like Valentine’s Day or Halloween, the winter holiday season lasts for couple of weeks.
Even if you are a person with extraordinary willpower, winter holiday season is challenging for everyone. However, fortunately there are ways to celebrate the season without packing extra pounds, even when you eat foods you love. The key is moderation. Here are some tips to shore up your willpower and curb your appetite.
• Chew while you chop – Preparing for Christmas dinner is a sure recipe for weight gain. Those little bites and tastes you take while you cook can easily add up hundreds of calories. You can avoid nibbling by popping a piece of gum to keep your mouth occupied while cooking.
• Be a picky eater – With a little thought and planning, you can turn even the most decadent buffet into an opportunity to diet. Before you fill your plate, checkout entire spread to know exactly what you have to choose from. Savor every single bite and take time to eat since it takes at least 20 minutes for a feeling of fullness to set in. Sip slowly a glass of water if you want to go to the table for second helping or dessert.
• Take a smaller bites – According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people whose average bite size is about a tablespoon ate 25 percent more compared to people whose average bite size is about a teaspoon.
• Plate size – Reach for the smallest plate size you can find. Research shows that you will end up eating 20 percent less if you use salad plate instead of a dinner size one.
• Think before you eat – Eat when you are really hungry. Before reaching out for a treat, stop to assess if you are really feeling hungry. If you are already full, but still don’t want to pass those goodies, consider having just a tiny taste or perhaps you can even save it for another day.