3 Ways to Keep the Weight Off Over the Festive Season

12:52:00, by Erika A.


Hello!

Here we are, approaching the Christmas holidays.
It's never too soon to talk about Christmas already: supermarkets are filled with sweets and traditional foods for the festive season, making us drool in front of panettones and puddings.

(Images taken from the web)

We foretaste the immense good food we will eat with our dear ones, sitting on a big table, surrounded by warmth and lights.
We though, straight afterwards, think about the "after", seing ourselves at least plus 3kg.
End of happiness.
We will be asking for a treadmill for Christmas.
It's very important for you not to fall into strict and fast diets after the holidays, but to control yourself during the holidays.

Good news is we can prevent gaining weight or at least we can keep the weight off, over the festive season, thanks for the next three tips I'm going to share with you right now.

1. KEEP EXCERCISING

This could sound obvious to say, but most people quit excercising during the holidays finding excuses like "I don't have time today" or "It's just for this time, I will recover it afterwards"...
You can never be so wrong. Excercise, even for 20 minutes a day keeps up our metabolism, letting us burn those extra calories we earned during the day eating treats. Or if not all, at least a part of them.
You could excersise at home watching some how-to videos on Youtube, instead of passing from the table to the couch all day, or go for a walk together with your family or else putting on some Just Dance and move yourself in front of your WII player having fun with your friends.

2. ALWAYS CONTROL YOUR PORTIONS

Our Grandmother repeats the same phrase over and over: "Come on, take another bit", making us snort and let her content.
But we have to say "No, I've had enough of it, thanks" instead.
Try to choose the healthier options, preferring vegetables instead of the savoury snacks.
Avoid overloading your plate, tasting everything but in small portions, so you can feel good with yourself and also be more active, since when we stuff ourselves up during these big meals with the family, we tend to feel so sleepy afterwards.
And we can make our nephews or kids happy cos we can play with them.
Prefer to have a bigger breakfast, eat less at lunch and even less at dinner.
This way you will distribute the calories well during the day and will not go to bed with a full stomach.
Having a full stomach while you go to sleep lets you gain even more weight cos your body doesn't have the time to properly digest everything.

3. DON'T FORGET TO DRINK WATER

With those carbonated drinks and wines on the table you will feel like you drunk enough liquids.
Wrong!
Water is the only drink you should have in abundance, while the other beverages should be consumed with moderation.
Have a glass of water before sipping your wine will make you drink less alcohol.
And keep in mind that alcohol gives you empty calories too!


Do you have any other tips to share with me? Please leave a comment!

Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post.

Erika
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26 commenti

  1. I always forget to drink water but really need to!

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  2. Great tips! I started a Whole 30 this weekend, so that will help control myself around Thanksgiving.

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  3. It's so hard for me to keep up with these kinds of things but hopefully once the new year rolls around I will be in wedding mode so I will be able to control what I eat instead of putting on weight.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  4. More -- and larger -- vegetable portions (with less starch & meat, of course) are the biggest change that I've tried to make over the last 6 months and what a difference it makes. I've had two kids (4 & 9mo) and this has been the easiest period in the last 5 years in terms of my weight and body. I don't even succeed at it for every meal, but maybe half of my meals each week. Even that has been a huge change.

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    1. I know, right? Everything's just willpower to change habits to a healthier ones. Each one of us knows what's best to eat and do, and even if we know it, it is SO hard to do it.

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  5. Good tips that I often forget! I really need to get better with the exercise part of things!

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  6. I love these tips. One more I will add. Eat a healthy snack at home, like a big salad before you go to a party, then you are already full and you will not fill up on the unhealthier foods.

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  7. Very helpful: I don't wanna gain it all back over gingerbread

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  8. Keep your same routine! I always find that I get lost in the holiday shuffle and forget about the routine and regret it come January when I have to start all over again!

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    1. Yes! It's very important not to fall into bad habits when we put so much effort to stay healthy and fit!

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  9. Christmas eating has already started. Good tips on keeping up the exercise. Thanks

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  10. All that tempting food always gets me this time of year! Keeping my water intake up is something I need to improve on. Great tips!

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  11. At Christmas we tend to over-indulge and it can really affect our daily routine, it is important to keep a healthy and balanced diet and although you can treat yourself be careful with portions.

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    1. You're right! Thanks for the comment.

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  12. It's so easy to gain weight during the holiday season! I try to bake healthier desserts (with coconut palm sugar, for example) so I can indulge without the guilt. Also, don't go for seconds! Eat slowly and enjoy every bite.

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Thanks for your lovely comments!