Top 10 Tips to Control Weight during Holidays

Gaining weight during holidays is not an unavoidable thing. You just have to be a little aware of your health and can enjoy your holiday with absolute fitness. Here are top ten tips to make your holiday better.

Holidays are certainly meant for rejoicing but it can be equally meant for weight gain. To prevent this unwanted weight gain, you have to be a little careful about your diet and work out regime.

During holidays, to make you absolutely fit without curbing your fun factor, we are presenting few efficacious tips.

  • Make a well organized schedule for your holiday incorporating your workout program and healthy diet plan. Evaluate your holiday schedule and then determine how much time you will realistically have available to devote to working out.
  • Never put your fitness regimes on hold until your holiday ends. If you can’t exercise as often during this time period as you normally do, adjust appropriately. Don’t use the excuse that you don’t have time for workout .If you can’t manage enough time for a full workout program then don’t stop doing it. Instead accept your limited availability and simply reduce the frequency or duration of your exercise. It’s much better to cut your fitness time in half than to completely eliminate it.
  • On days that you really lack motivation or simply do not have time for your complete exercise routine, commit to do just 10 minutes of exercise. You’ll probably end up doing more than that once you get started. Even if you only end up completing 10 minutes, that is still a lot better than zero minutes.
  • Don’t overeat. This sounds obvious, but everyone has kept eating that turkey, or mashed potatoes, or ham way after the stomach says it is full. If seconds are absolutely necessary, wait a couple hours between plates. This gives the digestive system time to digest and get rid of excess calories.
  • Eat slowly to give your brain time to register messages from your stomach that you are getting full.
  • Survey the entire buffet before plopping foods on your plate. This way you can decide what’s worth the calories and what’s not. When planning your meal in your head, keep in mind balance–take a bit of every food group.
  • It’s a common belief that, the holidays are an extremely emotional time. Many use food as a coping source for depression. Keep in mind how counter-productive this is. People feel sad, so they eat, and then feel guilty for eating and end up even more depressed than they were before. There are no easy cures for this. People have to try enjoying everything they do. Instead of thinking about sadness, think of activities to alleviate the sadness that don’t involve food.
  • Try to deal with your hunger in a tricky way. Fruits, vegetables and water are not filling. Consume more fruits and plenty of fluids. Don’t go for heavy diet until your mealtime comes.
  • Drink tons of water. Not only is it good for your overall health and digestion, but drinking water before eating makes you feel full faster and inadvertently lowers your calorie intake.
  • Control your alcohol consumption. Alcohol intake takes a huge leap during the holiday season. People enjoy drinking to enjoy (or cope with) family activities. Don’t get drunk! Alcohol contains seven calories per gram. Not only does alcohol contain calories, it also leads to poor nutritional choices. If a person drinks, eats and then goes to sleep, it’s equivalent to saying goodbye to weight control and hello to weight gain.