Weight Loss Tips for the Holiday Season

Is there anyone who likes going on a diet? It’s hard and takes time and work and did we mention that it is hard? When the holidays come around, it takes a lot of discipline not to gain weight. It is not too hard to figure out the reason for this. It is quite normal to feast during the holidays. If you are looking for food that is rich, you’ll find it everywhere. Holidays are when everyone’s favorite dessert is made. People actually like the holidays, because they can use any excuse they want to give in to their temptations. If you have a weight loss goal, the holidays don’t have to ruin, if you use the following tips.

It’s not just what you eat, but how much of it. Filling up your plate is a habit that many people have, and it’s one you should break.

Eat what you want, but in small quantities. If you’ve got a large plate, fill up most of it with salad or vegetables and leave less room for the heavier dishes. This way you can have some of all of the foods you want to eat without having to worry that you are completely undoing all of the hard work that you have done. You already know that portion control is one of the keys to eating a healthy diet all year round. As long as you remember this at every holiday event you attend, you don’t have to worry about avoiding any particular food.

People don’t only eat a lot during the holiday season, they also consume lots of alcohol. We’ve all heard about -or possibly experienced firsthand- the embarrassing consequences of getting drunk at a Christmas or other holiday party. Reducing or eliminating alcohol is recommended for anyone who has the goal of losing weight. Alcohol is really a kind of sugar when it’s absorbed by your body, which basically means empty calories.

Another factor to consider is that when you drink, you’re inhibitions go away; this might feel good, but it makes you much more susceptible to the temptations of any food that’s nearby.

You can reduce your intake of food, and also increase your pleasure in eating it by eating more slowly. Since you should be aiming to take small portions, chewing slowly helps you avoid finishing before everyone else and having to just sit there with an empty plate.

It can also help toward the end of a meal when a pushy hostess is after everyone to take more helpings of the food. You’ll still be on your first portion while others are gobbling down their seconds or even thirds. Eating more slowly will also allow you to enjoy every mouthful, which you can’t do when eating fast. This way you can be surrounded by food, and enjoy eating it as well, but in limited quantities. You’ll find that less food will satisfy you just as much, and you won’t have that overstuffed feeling so common at holiday meals.

The holidays don’t have to be an excuse to forget all about diet and exercise -not if you’re determined to stay on course even at this challenging time. It’s widely believed that there’s no point in trying to lose weight during the holiday season, but this isn’t the case. You only have to be aware of what you’re eating and also stay consistent about working out, and the holidays aren’t that different from any other time of year.

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