It’s about that time, party people, and you know the MF’N drill. The holidays are here and all that will power you had through October is going to be put to the test. Family functions, Friendsgiving, booze, alcohol, hooch, wine, liquor, and more booze. Brace yourself.
While it might not be easy to pace yourself with mom’s homemade pumpkin pie, this doesn’t mean you let everything go to shit. Ultimately, keeping the weight off during the holidays is all about changing your mindset. Thanksgiving and Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate, aren’t about losing self-control just because that’s what you’ve always done. Staying on track and not having any regrets come January means looking at these upcoming dinners as just that, regular-degular dinners.
So without further ado, let’s lay out some tips on how to frolic around the holiday feasts without feeling like a beast. eye wink
DO NOT skip meals
You might be tempted to offset the obscene amounts of food you’re going to eat later by starving yourself throughout the day. Don’t. While this idea may seem rational, it doesn’t exactly work like that. Starving yourself will slow down your metabolism while simultaneously increasing the risk of overeating. Instead, eat during your regularly scheduled meals so that your body can burn calories with more efficiency later.
SLOW DOWN ON SECONDS, YOU SEXY HEATHEN
This is hard, I know. BUT, when you pile on the food immediately after devouring your first plate, you’re not allowing your body to signal you when it’s full. Your brain needs about 15-20 minutes to register whether your body is satisfied or not. Patience my friends, you probably won’t need seconds if you slow your roll – see what I did there? Just slow down, m’kay.
Easy does it on the carbs
You might want to smother your gravy in dinner rolls, but you shouldn’t. White flour, pasta, rice, and the bread used in stuffing goes into the bloodstream like sugar, spiking your insulin. These refined flours have a nasty way of making you feel hungrier than you are. Moderation is key here because you know there’s no way you’re going cold turkey on stuffing with cranberry sauce. No.freaking.way.
SIP THE BOOZE, DON’T GULP
It’s almost inevitable that you’re going to drink around the holiday because family. So, there’s that. But, no matter the circumstances, remember that all alcohol, clear, dark, or mixed is just empty calories your body doesn’t need. Try having a glass of water in between each drink, which might lessen your chances of a hangover and hopefully inspire you to drink less.
CONTROL PORTIONS WITHOUT TRYING
Do yourself a favour and reach for a smaller plate and not the serving tray. Portion control, baby. And one way eat less is by using a smaller plate. By doing so, you can control how much you’re eating and trick yourself into feeling full because the plate fills up faster. Science? Who knows? Worth trying? You’re god damn right.
WALK IT OUT
Instead of watching reruns after dinner, or effing football, opt for a walk outside. Not only will you burn a few calories, but walking for at least 15 minutes will also aid in digestion and boost your metabolism. Sounds like a win to me, ya’ll!