During the holidays, it’s easy to lose yourself in all the delicious treats that are to be had. While normally you might be good about eating reasonable portions and a wide variety of healthy foods, the holidays provide many tempting sweets and treats that you can’t say no to. While opting to have a couple yogurt covered pretzels or a small slice of pie during the holiday season isn’t the end of the world, overeating can have some severe consequences. From feeling bloated to gaining weight and even tanking your metabolism, you don’t want to deal with any of these problems because you just couldn’t say no to that last bite of prime rib. We came up with some tips to help you get through the holiday season without putting a strain on your body from overeating.
One of the best things you can do is to eat a good breakfast that is full of fiber and protein at the start of the day. A bowl of steel-cut oatmeal topped with nuts and fruit or eggs and a wheat English muffin are great ways to start your day. By doing this, you’re statistically less likely to eat more calories over the course of the day and you should feel fewer hunger pains as well. Eating breakfast starts your stomach off right and activates the hormones in the body that lead to the feeling of satiation earlier in the day rather than feeling like you’re starving later.
Opt for Water
While water may not be the most enjoyable choice at holiday gatherings, it will always help you avoid overeating. By staying hydrated and topping off a meal with water, you’re opting for a zero-calorie liquid your body craves. It will help you feel fuller longer as well. At holiday parties, you don’t have to completely abstain from the beverages available, but limit yourself to one and switch to water with your meal in order to help you feel your best.
Whenever you have food over the holidays, take the time to truly enjoy it. By taking the time to eat slowly, savor your food, and chew it well, you’re allowing your body to work towards releasing the hormones that indicate that you are full. You’ll be able to notice when you’re actually full versus if you’re simply stuffed. Additionally, research has shown that tastebuds are only sensitive through the first handful of bites and, as you continue to eat, they lose sensitivity to taste. By enjoying your food early in your meal, it will be easier for you to decide when you are truly and appropriately full.
Start with Small Portions
Whenever you go to a holiday party, don’t forget that it’s easier to say no to seconds than it is to food already stacked on your plate. Always start with small portions, and remember that if you aren’t full, you can always go back for seconds of your favorite dish. Though we would recommend you avoid a second portion of dessert!