Beat Holiday Weight Gain with these sneaky tips!
Holidays! The word conjures up parties, potlucks, reunions and also large quantities of extravagant delicious food. Who doesn’t love this season ? I am a firm believer of ‘eat and be merry’ during the holidays, but I have a couple of cheat tips to ensure I don’t gain too many pounds. A few are understandable, but not too many. Here are some tried and tested tips that I follow.
Have your Cake and Eat it too !!!
Picture courtesy of Chocolate Moosey
Ah, before we get to the tips, I must confess… that huge beautiful cupcake up there is not mine. Although, I wish it was mine to eat ! It is an award-winning cupcake and was created by my friend and fellow foodie blogger Carla from Chocolate Moosey ! She bakes the most awesome cupcakes and treats and you totally must check out this Chocolate Coconut Cupcake !! It is divine ! It went so well with my title !!
Now back to the subject !!
Beat Holiday Bloat: A lot of holiday weight gain is water retention which accumulates as a result of eating salty, high fat foods. You can beat holiday bloat by using some simple natural diuretics like ‘Cran water’ (1 oz pure cranberry juice: 7 oz. water) lemon spiked water, Fennel water (2 tabs fennel seeds boiled with 1 quart water) or celery juice. These have the powerful effect of pulling excess water from your body. Do this regularly all through the season and beyond !!
Compensate: Weight gain does not happen overnight. It takes at least a week for pounds to accumulate. So, if you indulge at weekend parties like I always do, compensate by eating healthy and low-calorie through the week. Balance the good with the bad ! My Mondays after a hectic party weekend are soup & salad.
Slow and Small bites: Take a note from the French who spend hours eating and are among the slimmest people in the world. Savor the food slowly! Scientifically, it takes the brain 15-20 minutes to register that you are full. The longer and slower you eat , fewer calories are consumed. Small bites or small portions are great for people like me who like to sample everything. Take small servings and you can have your cake and eat it too!
Drink Up: Drinking 2 glasses of water before a meal fill you up and prevent overeating. This is especially useful for the week in-between the weekend parties when you want to eat less. One word of caution though: drinking water in between meals can lead to a heavy gassy feeling for some people.
Fiber Full: Eat high fiber foods to mop up all the excess fat from rich foods you eat and carry them out of the body. It’s not a bad idea to eat natural fiber supplements during the holidays. I use a tbsp of Psyllium husk mixed with water regularly at night when I eat high fat foods. Remember to drink lots of water when taking any fiber supplement.drinking water in-between meals can leave you feeling bloated and gassy.
Work Out: Longer workouts to cover those extra calories is the smart way to go! Even stepping up your workout by an extra 30 minutes will make a difference and boost your metabolism as well. Read my post on some other easy ways to boost your metabolism.
Eat Smart: My favorite trick of all! A calorie is a calorie whatever it is. Choose your calories wisely by eating what you lust after the most. Me: I have a sweet tooth and love dessert, so I skip the rolls and the pasta and eat the rich key lime pie instead and if Carla’s cupcakes were there I would totally go for two of that and skip the bread ! If you’re not a huge fan of sodas, drink seltzer water or water down that party punch with seltzer or ice and you have your extra dessert calories right there. The key is to forego what you are not too crazy about and go after what you want. Works for me !
The key ultimately is not to deprive yourself! It is the holidays and you deserve to taste all that great food so Eat Smart, use these cheat tips and have a Delicious Decadent HOLIDAY!
Do you have any tips up your sleeve that you have for the holidays. Do share ! Would love to hear from you. And please check out the decadent cupcake !