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Christmas and New Year are beautiful holidays to celebrate with friends and family, but they’re also an attack on any healthy diet. All the delicious and not-so-healthy food on the table can be tempting to everyone, even if they follow strict restrictions. Here are some ideas to reduce temptation and have an enjoyable holiday season at the same time!
Christmas and New Year are synonyms of hope and joy, but they’re often the perfect excuse for some excesses. On these holidays your routine changes: obligations are left behind and you spend more time with friends and family. Every gathering is around a table full of delicious food, and that’s why it’s very common to overeat these days. The average consumption exceeds 2,000 calories the recommended amount for a normal diet, nutritionists point out.
It’s not only because of the food but also due to the alcohol, chocolates, and other sweets that your body receives in this short period of time. Year after year, people regret overeating on these holidays and make the false promise to change the next time. But if you want to succeed, you need to stay realistic and adopt some behaviors that can help you to control these temptations. The best time to start is right now!
Plan your day
When dinner’s planned and you know that you’re going to tempt yourself with this meal or that dessert that your mum prepares only for Christmas, schedule your other meals thoughtfully. Try to have a light lunch, do some exercise, and then eat some snacks and fruits in order to not arrive at dinner starving.
Swap some ingredients
There are some healthy substitutes that can turn your meals lighter. For example, instead of a big pile of roasted potatoes, you can roast vegetables like carrots or pumpkin cubes. You can prepare a healthy nut cake made with wholemeal and brown sugar, and serve it instead of a heavy chocolate one.
Restrict your eating time
On these holidays, dinner gatherings are relaxed and nobody’s in the hurry to finish, so try to control your eating time. After you’ve had your meal, sit away from the table. Recent studies have suggested that restricting your food intake to a specific window such as eight hours is beneficial for mild weight loss.
Beware of the drinking calories
Did you know that a glass of wine can come in about 170 calories? Cocktails and fizzy drinks usually have also sugar, fruits, and cream, which equals even more calories. If you alternate a glass of water with your drinks, you may end up cutting your alcohol intake in half. Take into consideration that alcohol doesn’t only increase your overall calorie intake, but also fixes fat into your belly.
Exercise the following days
If you’ve overeaten, don’t stay at home regretting it: just put on your shoes and start exercising. Don’t let your body get accustomed to the extra pounds. The best time to lose weight is soon after you put it on. Pick the type of exercise that best fits your mood and your lifestyle. Walking daily for half an hour is better than laying on your sofa!