Practicing self control around food during the holiday season is a difficult task. You kick off the holidays with the biggest meal of the year and the sweets and other unhealthy treats don’t end their presence on your table until the New Year. Some Americans will gain up to 7 pounds during this season, with a total gain of up to 10 pounds that can be blamed on the winter months.
In the face of temptation, how can people stay fit over the holidays? By doing the following five simple things, you can keep control of your weight while still enjoying all of the great things the holidays have to offer. Keep your ideal shape without missing out on any of the holiday fun.
Take Up Walking
Going outside in the cold temperatures for a walk may not be your idea of a nice and refreshing way to spend your time, however, walking is one of the easiest ways to burn calories. You’ll burn up to 150 calories after a 20 minute walk. Start an “after-meal walk” tradition with your family and friends to burn some of the calories you took in during your meal together.
Pick And Choose
Though there are many foods worthy of excessive enjoyment over the holidays, pick and choose your favorites and don’t overdo it. If you know you are going to have a large meal at lunch or dinner time, try a meal replacement shake, such as the shakes sold as part of the Ideal Shape plan, for one of your other meal times.
Keep Up With The Cardio
Even though holiday meals come equipped with their own special type of post-meal fatigue,This can include jogging, swimming, biking, or any other type of cardio exercise you enjoy taking part in. Remember to do at least 30 minutes of exercise with your heart rate at 50% of your maximum heart rate to make it a true cardio workout.
Take Your Time Between Bites
We tend to eat in a way that resembles a vacuum cleaner during the holiday season, probably because the food is so good! Slow down your eating speed to help you control how much you eat. By taking the time to savor what you are eating, you provide more time for the food you’re taking in to send a signal of satisfaction from your brain. This is the signal that lets you know you are full.
Drinking water is not only excellent for your overall health, it is a great way to avoid eating too much over the holidays. By drinking a glass of water before sitting down for a big meal, there will be less room for over indulgent holiday foods.