Christmas is around the corner and we all have this fear of gaining weight during the holidays. Christmas parties, family dinners, Christmas visits… All of these are packed with delicious yet fattening foods. One cannot run away from the Christmas cakes and fatty main courses, so I have a few tips in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holidays.
1)Don’t go out on an empty stomach:
Going to a party or a dinner on an empty stomach will make you eat more food. So in order to avoid a heavy fatty and high-carb dinner, have a small snack or a cup of yogurt which will partially fill up your stomach and will make you eat less.
2) Consume food in moderation:
Do not deprive yourself from some types of foods which you can have once per year as buche and Christmas cakes. Moderation is the key. Just remember to control your carbohydrate and fat intake, as these 2 can accumulate in your body especially when you’re not engaged in physical activity.
3) Control your portions:
Knowing how to divide your plate during the holidays is important. A balanced meal consists of 50% vegetables, 25% protein, and 25% carbohydrates and unsaturated fats. A good example of a Christmas dinner plate can be:
Half the plate filled with salad
1st quarter filled with fish or turkey or chicken
2nd quarter filled with rice or mashed potatoes
4) Pay attention on your alcohol intake:
Alcohol is known to be on all tables for Christmas as well as New Year. High alcohol consumption can lead to weight gain. Therefore, limit your alcohol intake and have less alcoholic drinks.
5) Don’t get lazy:
Plan 2 days a week to work out. If you’re not motivated to go to the gym and run on the treadmill, enjoy a fitness class with upbeat music and fat burning exercises. Some effective and fun fitness classes include aerobics, U-Bound, Zumba, TRX, and Pilates.
6) Get some rest:
Vacation means rest. So take some time to sleep and clear your mind. Go to the spa or do something that can break your routine since it’s your chance to actually do something you like without feeling stressed from work or studies.
7) Do not lose motivation:
You’re not the only person who gains weight during the holidays. An average weight gain during the holidays is 1 to 2 kilos. Enjoy your time and enjoy food in moderation and set your fitness and nutrition goals for 2016.
Hope you enjoy your vacation! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! xoxo