The truth is, you can eat whatever you want during the holiday season and still lose weight. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not! If you eat within your calorie budget, you’ll maintain or lose weight. It’s that simple. The trickier part is making sure you also feel satisfied, full and energized. Follow these simple steps to enjoy your holiday season while still losing weight.
Adding slightly more protein to your diet is a great way to avoid overeating. It fills you up on fewer calories, while also balancing out your blood sugar. You’ll be satisfied all day without sugar cravings, even if you enjoy a serving of apple pie, cookies or cocoa. Just make sure you eat about 20 grams of protein together with your high sugar indulgent. Enjoy!
Vegetables will decrease your overall calorie intake as it makes you full on almost zero calories, and provide healthy dietary fiber that reduce blood sugar drops. You probably know the expression to “eat with your eyes”. When adding vegetables to your plate, you’ll perceive the plate as full and by consequence eat less from the caloric part of your meal.
Learn how the different holiday food compare to each other. Some might be great for weight loss, while others contain more calories than you would imagine.
Turkey and seafood are excellent low calorie, high protein choices, while you’ll want to cut back on sausages and dressing. Just make sure you stay within your calorie budget and your weight will remain stable.
Holiday foods typically contain a lot of salt and increases thirst. Ironically, we easily misinterpret thirst for hunger or cravings, making us eat more when we need to drink more. Make sure you drink plenty of pure water throughout the whole holiday season (and all other seasons) to avoid sugar cravings.
Even if you don’t feel like going to the gym, make sure you participate in activities to increase your calorie burn. Clean, carry out plates, do the dishes, or play with your kids – it all counts!
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