The holidays are a tempting time to cheat on your diet! With socializing around food and drinks, it can be easy to make unhealthy choices and feel regretful later. With these tips, you can enjoy your holiday without feeling guilty about poor eating habits.
Don’t forget breakfast
Skipping meals is a common mistake that many people make when watching their weight. While controlling how much and how often you’re eating is important, skipping meals entirely can actually do more harm than good. Eating a small, healthy breakfast will not only give you energy to start your day, but will also help you avoid overeating at lunch or dinner.
It can be tempting to immediately load your plate up with savory sides, but try going for veggies and healthy protein first. These are the foods you should eat first as well to avoid becoming full off of less nutritious and more fattening foods. Having a salad before your meal can help fill you up so you’re less likely to overeat during the main course.
Did you know it takes your brain 20 minutes to receive the message from your body that you’re full? By eating slowly, you’ll give your brain enough time to register that you’re not hungry anymore, causing you to eat less. Try putting less on your plate so you’re less likely to eat everything at once.
Alcoholic drinks are another common temptation around the holidays. Too many drinks can quickly add to your daily calories along with dehydrating your body. Drinking water between alcoholic drinks can slow your intake and help you avoid drinking too much.
The holidays can be tough on your diet, but remembering these tips can get you through it! For more tips on maintaining your healthy weight, contact our office.