The average American gains 1-2 pounds over the holidays. This may not seem significant, but studies have shown that this extra weight sticks and accumulates over the years. This post will give you helpful suggestions to avoid those extra pounds.
- Don’t skip meals throughout the day in preparation for a big holiday party or feast. It is especially important to eat breakfast. Research shows that those who eat breakfast tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day.
- Include lots of fiber in your meals by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. High-fiber foods are high in volume and will satisfy hunger but are lower in calories.
- Use a smaller plate to encourage proper portion sizes. Also, start by filling your plate with vegetables and salad before going to the entrees and desserts. Research shows eating a salad before your meal can help you eat fewer calories overall.
- Eat slowly and savor every bite, and before you go back for seconds wait ten minutes to see if you really are still hungry.
- After dinner, consider getting some physical activity. This is a great time to go for a walk and catch up with family members, or you can play game of basketball.