As the holidays come upon us, so does the temptation to eat too many calories. Here are a few tips to help keep you from falling too far off the scale this year.
1. Don’t Skip Meals
Many people like saving their appetite for a big holiday party or feast. Please, do not do that! Skipping meals during the day may result in overeating. It is especially important to have breakfast, as research shows that those who eat this important morning meal tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day. Include lots of fiber by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fiber-rich foods are high in volume and will satisfy hunger, but are lower in calories
2. Eat Small Portions
A common mistake is eating large portions of foods that are perceived as healthy. Eating small portions can work better. Be sure that you include nutrient-rich foods in your diet, but also remember that these foods have calories as well and should be eaten in moderation.
3. Avoid Overeating
There are many ways to avoid overeating. Using a smaller plate, for instance, allows you to put less food on your plate and encourages proper portion sizes. Also, start by filling your plate with vegetables and salad before going to the entrees and desserts. Eating a salad before your meal can help you eat fewer calories overall. Eat slowly and savor every bite, and before you go back for seconds wait 10 minutes to see if you really still are hungry.
4. Keep Moving
After meals. get some physical activity. This is a great time to go for a walk and catch up with family members, or play catch or a game of basketball with the kids. Never go to sleep with full stomach!
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Marianna is a Certified Nutritionist & Wellness Consultant, Pilates Master Trainer, Personal Trainer.