Saying no to holiday weight gain sounds as feasible as skipping turkey on Thanksgiving, but we promise it’s easy to make simple changes that can help you celebrate the season without the added pounds. After all, the holiday season is all about celebrating with our loved ones and sharing great meals – in moderation.
BYOF (Bring Your Own Food). It’s easy to get caught up in the moment from one soiree to the next, and lose track of holiday meals. We can avoid eating less high-caloric foods by bringing along a healthy dish. This way, you can always count on at least one healthy option on the table.
Serve Meals Restaurant Style. Hosting a holiday meal? We recommend leaving the big dishes in the kitchen and serving plate-sized portions for everyone, including you. It’s easier to indulge when food is in front of us and easily accessible, so serving a meal restaurant style allows us to feel full before going for seconds.
Don’t Skip Meals. Skipping meals during the day to overindulge in the evening can lead to holiday weight gain because we are more likely to be hungrier later in the day. Maintaining normal portions during breakfast and lunch can make all the difference!
Downsize Your Plate. Ditch your dinner plates and bring out the salad plates. According to a food psychology study from Cornell University, larger plates can make a serving of food appear smaller, and smaller plates can make us believe that our portion is larger. Try using a smaller plate and see if it helps you cut down on serving sizes while still feeling full.
Infrared Therapy. Between long shopping lines and endless social gatherings, it’s important to carve out some me-time dedicated to relaxation and detoxification. A simple infrared session can produce sweat, with 15-20% of the volume being melted fats and toxins versus just 3-5% from normal sweat via exercise.