When you think about the holidays to come, you inevitably think about all the delicious, traditional foods that you will be able to enjoy. However, although it can be hard to stay away from the tasty dishes you are used to during the holidays, you have to think about holiday weight gain, as well. Although all the traditional holiday foods can be fattening, this does not mean that you have to avoid them completely, but to just eat in a smart way.
There are numerous different ways in which you can keep weight off during the holidays. First of all, you can try to cut some calories by taking off the skin of the turkey before eating it and also avoid eating yams with marshmallows, mashed potatoes with gravy and beans with butter.
All in all, try to keep it simple as much as possible. In addition, you should stay away from sugar. This includes avoiding beer, wine and sodas. The dessert should be excluded as well, or at least halved. Moreover, make sure that you control what you eat.
In order to make portion control easier, you can simply skip supper and have a healthy breakfast together with a good lunch. Additionally, you should try drinking eight ice water glasses per day. This will help your body burn fat quicker.
There are also some holiday healthy eating tips that you might want to follow. Besides what was mentioned above, you could also try and organize a buffet instead of a traditional holiday lunch and dinner. This way, you will not have to sit down at the table with your entire family and have to eat as much as they do. This will make it easier for you to choose only healthy foods for eating and at the same time spend time with your family and friends.
If you are a caffeine lover and you know you can handle it, you could drink some black coffee, as well. In turn, this will raise your metabolic rate and therefore help you in the fat burning process.
On the other hand, if you know you cannot drink coffee or make a buffet, just make sure to work out for an hour or so before eating the holiday meal. This will boost your metabolism and keep it that way for approximately four hours which in turn will help you avoid gaining weight.