How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
With the holidays upon us, all of us will be challenged to not overeat and gain unwanted weight. Here are some healthy eating habits to avoid holiday weight gain.
- The most important habit to create in order to lose or maintain weight is to eat “real food”. Your body naturally craves sugar and processed foods which taste good, but have very little, if any, nutritional value. Get in the habit of eating whole, unprocessed foods. Eat fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, olive oil, eggs, poultry, beef, pork, lamb and fish.
- Your nervous system needs not to be stressed, for it to work properly. When you are stressed your body releases the stress hormone cortisol, which slows your metabolism and does not allow your body to properly digest food. Exercising and sleeping eight hours a day are great ways to reduce stress.
- To help break you of your bad eating habits and create good eating habits you should keep a journal and write down everything you consume. In addition to keeping a record of what you eat, it will also help if you write down how you feel after eating. Keeping records will strengthen your resolve and make you more aware of everything you consume, which will help break you of your bad eating habits and avoid holiday weight gain.
- Good eating habits also include eating slowly, eating only when hungry, and reaching for a piece of fruit when you have sugar cravings.
- As we all know, exercise plays a huge part in weight loss/control. The holidays are busy times and to ensure that you get your exercise in, you must plan on it and make it part of your daily schedule! This is crucial to avoid holiday weight gain. Check out our class schedule and plan ahead!
- To lose weight, keep weight off, and reduce your risk of obesity you must make these habits part of your life style and not just a diet. Remember, when you diet you starve yourself, and then when you eventually lose your resolve you give into hunger and stuff yourself. After stuffing yourself, you feel disappointed and go back to your diet and then end up repeating the cycle. This is known as the Yo-Yo diet.
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