The holiday season is officially underway, and that means office potlucks, holiday parties, never-ending desserts, surprise treats at work and family gatherings featuring your favorite traditional foods in copious amounts.
With so much deliciousness, your plate can quickly turn into a mountain of food as you serve up just a little more of this or that. Indulging in holiday treats may be fine once in a while, but the opportunities come along way more often than that.
Avoiding the trap of overeating at all the holiday festivities is a universal challenge. We’ve got some tips to help you escape being weighed down with regret after every party.
Eat small portions throughout the day
Eating small meals or healthy snacks throughout the day helps stave off hunger. The last thing you want to be when you hit the holiday buffet table is ravenous.
Ensuring your stomach isn’t growling when you’re filling your plate helps you avoid overeating and making poor food choices.
Those mashed potatoes with pools of butter look amazing, but start off with a small serving along with all the other favorite holiday offerings.
Chances are your plate will still be full because there is so much to choose from. And you can always go back for seconds if you’re truly still hungry.
Eat your greens and (whole) grains
Some holiday meals seem to be a celebration of starch, but it’s important to get your vegetables, too, especially leafy greens. Aim for at least two vegetables on your plate at any gathering.
And if you’ve indulged elsewhere, considering passing up the potatoes and choosing a whole grain instead, like brown rice.
Vegetables and whole grains have fewer calories and are more satisfying than foods that are filled with sugar or saturated fats.
Drink plenty of water
Your body has a hard time telling the difference between being hungry and dehydrated as they both share many symptoms.
Make sure to drink plenty of water before a meal to help ensure you’re eating based off your hunger and not thirst.
Get out and take a walk before or after big meals, or even both.
Getting some activity will help you feel better and more in control of your health. Plus, you’ll burn some of those extra holiday calories along the way.
Give yourself some control before you even approach the dinner table with Nutrilite™ Carb Blocker, which is designed to inhibit the digestion of both simple sugars and complex carbohydrates.†
When used as directed before a high-carbohydrate meal, it may help prevent up to 500 calories from being absorbed without depriving your body of vitamins, minerals and fiber.†
Keeping these six tips in mind will help you keep your weight under control even when you’re faced with all the holiday temptations, making it easier to focus on enjoying quality time with your friends and family.