By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click here to find me on Facebook
If you could learn some tricks to help you steer clear of holiday weight gain, wouldn’t you look into it? If so, you are in luck! I have got some GREAT tips to help you keep yourself in check!
- Slow it down and count to 10!
I know, I know! It is one of the absolute BEST times of the year for indulging in amazing foods. But, that doesn’t mean you have to shovel it all in like it is your last meal! Studies show eating fast can really mess with your digestive system and will also cause you to eat more than you normally would if you ate at a slower pace. A solution? For each bite that you take, make a conscious effort to count to 10 while you slowly chew. Not only will this aid in better digestion, you will also become fuller more quickly, which will prevent you from over eating!
- Take a drink!
Now, hold on. I feel the need to make myself a little clearer. By “a drink”, I mean no other than the go-to thirst quencher that is… water! Before sitting down to your meal, fill up a large cup with water and polish it off right before you take your first bite from your plate. By doing this, you fill your stomach up partially with water, so you are not eating too much. I apologize for not being able to tell you a large glass of wine was the solution instead. However, unlike wine, water is calorie and guilt free!
Instead of grabbing the oversized dinner plate that is normally set out for you to use each year, look around for a smaller sized one. Look for a plate that is normally meant to be used for desserts or appetizers. By eating off of a smaller plate, you are tricking your brain into thinking that you have a plate over flowing with food.
- Just a spoonful!
Instead of piling multiple, heaping mounds of all your favorite foods on your plate, do yourself a favor and serve your foods from a tablespoon. By just getting a tablespoon of all your favorite foods, you are not over serving yourself and you are not hogging up food that can go to family and friends that would like to share those foods, too! Ever heard the expression “My eyes were bigger than my stomach”? If not, what it means, is that you piled more on your plate than you can actually eat, thus making you waste the extra food or shove it in just because it’s there on your plate. By using just a tablespoonful, you are saving calories and can enjoy your favorite foods more!
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