Studies show that people gain an average of 1 to 6 kilos during the festive season. Many people get in a feel good mood which tends to make them overeat and hence the thoughts on how to avoid weight gain.
Most of us believe that weight gain and the festive season go hand in hand but that does not have to be the case. There are a number of ways to avoid weight gain, and still make merry and have fun.
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Avoiding meals so as to make room for the main meal later will only lead to binging. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Do not skip it but make sure to eat in small portions. Include proteins and fiber as this will make you feel full for longer.
To control how much you eat and avoid weight gain during this merry season, use the smallest plate available to serve your food. This will limit how much food you eat. Go for vegetables and fruits mostly, and watch out for the sauces and dips. Also try to avoid second servings.
Research has found out that working out in the morning makes someone more energetic during the day. It also found out that exercise deters people from eating too much and having mental pictures of food.
Starving yourself for a holiday party is a bad idea. In addition, if you follow this route, you will not be able to avoid weight gain. Eating and filling up on healthy food before going to a party will not only save you on calories but will also keep you in control and more at ease.
Sweet drinks offer only liquid calories and no nutrition. Drinks with whipped cream, and syrups are also full of calories. Instead opt for fruit juice, sparkling water or stick to a small glass of grape.
Desserts are usually the most tempting. Most of them are full of calories and bringing your own dessert will solve that problem. Choose a low calorie treat that you know you’ll enjoy. Freshly cut fruits are a great example.
We wish you all the best in trying to avoid weight gain this festive season.