Tips for Surviving The Holiday Gain Game
SummaryMaybe there’s a reason why the symbol for the indulgent season – that period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day – is a jolly, large man in a red suit. As sure as Santa and his sleigh, extra poun
- Start each day with a strategy. More than any other time of the year, planning is paramount during the holiday season to avoid weight gain year after year. You will need a course of action – food choices that give you energy to survive the holiday hustle bustle and ward off hunger pangs that may cause overeating.
- Bone up on calcium. Research shows that calcium may actually curb weight gain. The study found that a higher calcium intake can reduce overall levels of body fat and slow weight gain. A great way to sneak more calcium into your diet is a glass of calcium-fortified orange juice, which provides a more absorbable type of calcium than other calcium supplements.
- Don’t run on empty. Don't go to a holiday party hungry and don't "save your appetite" for a big end-of-the day holiday meal. Fill up on fibre before the party and you will be less tempted to overindulge during the party. Try high fibre foods that can actually help you manage your weight like fresh vegetables, light popcorn, apples and oranges. High-fibre foods have been found to be more satisfying than low-fibre foods.
- Stay active. When you're going holiday shopping, park at the farthest end of the parking lot instead of circling for the closest spot. Carry those packages all the way back to the car. Get moving on the dance floor at holiday parties to burn extra calories consumed.
- Remember portion control. Take small portions of a variety of foods and take time to savor the flavor. Even your favorite party foods and holiday desserts can be enjoyed in sensible portions.
- Let go of the guilt. If you, well, have your cake and eat it too, be easy on yourself. Start over the next day – eat a little less and get some physical activity. Most importantly, enjoy the spirit of the season – being among family and friends – rather than just the food; and you’ll be well on your way to a healthy and happy New Year.