You would rather stay in and curl up during these cold winter months, but the best part about winter the hibernation mode makes everything seems more delicious. Why not? It is already cold come Thanksgiving, what’s four weeks more for Christmas and the New Year’s? Besides, as December lands, there is now the unending stream of Christmas parties, get-togethers, and all sorts of reunions. Somehow the social calendar pumps up, and the best way to warm up is to eat up and drink more.
Unfortunately, this typical holiday habit can significantly affect your weight. So the first thing to get rid of that notorious holiday weight is to avoid it in the first place.
Maybe as early as now you are thinking of strategies to keep off the weight and not miss out on the yummy holiday food and to keep warm during the winter. There are actually some tips you can apply which will help you manage your weight better as you live through the next few months.
1) Focus on the protein – some may think that carbohydrates will make you feel fuller; although this is true, protein actually has the same effect without the unnecessary calories and starch. What’s more, as your body digests the protein, it produces more heat, hence keeping you warm. If you’re not up for eating beans, chickpeas or lentils the entire holidays, you can enjoy meat as long as it’s lean. Try chicken and turkey breast, some fish and shellfish, and for a quick filling snack, open a can of tuna.
2) Don’t get hungry: snack throughout the day – if you think that starving the whole day gives you a free ticket to eat anything later in the day, you’re wrong. Binging will not help your diet nor will it do good to your body. Keep your body warm the whole day by snacking on healthy food such as fruit, nuts, low-carb chips, light popcorn and sugarless candy. What to do when they start handing out candy canes? Take it and save it for the children.
3) Eat warm – it will greatly help if you start eating warm food this winter, from your breakfast cereal (try porridge) and even your salad. Warm meals will keep you warm, thus your body does not need to use stored energy to warm you up; instead, the energy will be used to digest and break down your food.
4) Enjoy the holidays – don’t deprive yourself. Some may feel guilty for passing up on the food during the holidays, but it will only make you feel bad and even hungry! Again, an important practice should be applied: portion control. And eat as long as you’re hungry. Don’t worry about the turkey or the desserts running out; it’s going to be a long season, you have weeks to enjoy all the food. Spread the food treats evenly.
5) Avoid caffeine after your first cup – we all need a kick in the morning, but during winter season, caffeine can further drive your body to a dehydrated state. This will make your body temperature drop; this will not only make you feel cold by your reserved body heat will go on survival mode instead of breaking down the calories. Opt for drinks with lower caffeine count such as chai tea, and enjoy it with skimmed milk. Not only you will feel warmer, the drink has lower calories too.
6) Last but not the least, exercise - it will keep you warm and it will keep your heart pumping. You’ll lose the weight, and you’ll keep warm toom!