7 great ways to avoid gaining excessive amount of weight from holidays
The holidays are the time to enjoy friends, food and alcohol, as well as to relax from the busy lifestyle. You have worked so hard on the shape of your body but we tend to pick up 1 or 2 kilograms during this time. Luckily, those kilos can be avoided through mindful eating in moderation and a few simple strategies.
Let’s take a look of some tips from dietitians for mindful eating during holidays:
1. Do not skip meals.
Skipping meals throughout the day may result in overeating when you finally get to eat. Try to have a nice breakfast consists of good protein, fruits and a great cup of coffee!
2. Be mindful at the buffets.
When dishing out your meals at the buffet, be careful of the portions of the starch, protein and creamy vegetables – a tablespoon of everything can end up being a lot. Make clever choices at the buffets; look at what’s there first rather than starting at one end and working your way along.
3. Use smaller plates and seek hunger cues.
Start by filling your plate with vegetables and salad before going to the other sections. Eating a salad (but be careful of the dressing) before your meal can help you eat fewer calories overall. Eat slowly and before you go back for seconds, wait 10 minutes to see if you are really still hungry.
4. Include nutrient-rich food.
It’s important to include nutrient-rich foods in your diet, but also remember that these foods have calories as well and should be eaten in moderation.
5. Watch out for alcohol.
Alcohol is almost non-avoidable during holidays.
When consuming alcohol, go for “light” options such as Castle light, Windhoek Light or Savanna light, and try to avoid cocktails. If you prefer spirits with mixers, go for the lower calories mixers like Coke Zero or Sprite Zero.
Alternatively you may choose the lower calories alcohol such as dry Rose or Champagne instead of red wine and white wine, or gin, whisky and vodka. Also remember to drink water or low-calories cool drinks in between the alcoholic beverages.
6. Snack wisely.
Go for olives instead of peanuts, avoid pastry or BBQ sauce coated snacks (such as BBQ chicken wings).
7. Walk it off!
Have more physical exercise during the holiday – go for a walk or a run in the morning or during the day.
Lastly, do not deprive yourself, enjoy the holidays!