Holidays! The word conjures up parties, get-togethers, reunions and also copious amounts of extravagant delicious food. I am a firm believer of “eat and be merry” during the holidays, but I have a couple of Cheat tips to ensure I don’t gain too many pounds. Here are some tried and tested methods.
A lot of holiday weight gain is water retention which accumulates as a result of eating salty, high fat foods. You can beat holiday bloat by using some simple diuretics like “Cran water” (1 Oz pure cranberry juice: 7 oz. water) lemon spiked water, Fennel water (2 tabs fennel seeds boiled with 1 qtr. water). To read my post on Beat Holiday bloat click here.
Weight gain does not happen overnight. It takes at least a week for lbs to accumulate. So, if you indulge at weekend parties like I always do, compensate by eating healthy and low calorie through the week. Balance the good with the bad J !
Take a note from the French who spend hours eating and are among the slimmest people in the world. Savor the food slowly! Scientifically, it takes the brain 15-20 minutes to register that you are full. The longer and slower you eat less calories are consumed. Small bites or small portions are great for people like me who like to sample everything. Take small servings and you can have your cake and eat it too!
Drinking 2 glasses of water before a meal fill you up and prevent overeating. This is especially useful for the week in-between the weekend parties when you want to eat less. One word of caution though: drinking water in-between meals can leave you feeling bloated and gassy.
Eat high fiber foods to mop up all the excess fat from rich foods you eat and carry them out of the body. It’s not a bad idea to eat natural fiber supplements during the holidays. I use a tbs of Psyllium husk mixed with water regularly at night when I eat high fat foods. Remember to drink lots of water when taking any fiber supplement.
Longer workouts to cover those extra calories is the smart way to go!
My favorite trick of all! A calorie is a calorie whatever it is. Choose your calories wisely by eating what you lust after the most. Me: I have a sweet tooth and love dessert, so I skip the rolls and the pasta and eat the rich key lime pie instead. If you’re not a huge fan of sodas, drink seltzer water and diet soda and you have your extra dessert calories right there. The key is to fore go what you are not too crazy about and go after what you want.
The key ultimately is not to deprive yourself! It is the holidays and you deserve to taste all that great food so Eat Smart, use these cheat tips and have a Delicious Decadent HOLIDAY!
About the Author:
Sunithi Selvaraj of SuesNutritionBuzz.com is a registered dietitian with a sweet tooth and a passion for eating healthy (quite a combo). Visit her little space on the web where she rants Nutrition Bytes that catch her eye.