There’s nothing worse than the feeling of bloat around the holiday season. You look forward to your big dinners and starve yourself in the meantime. When it finally comes time to sit down to sup, you go a little overboard with… everything.
By the time you stand up and walk away from the table, you can barely move. You feel bloated and so full you can feel that meal pushing back. All you want now is to take a nap. You don’t have to feel like this, it’s possible to beat the bloat and we’re here to help you do it.
Don’t panic, we’re not going to tell you to limit your food intake. All that will do is leave you wanting more. What we will tell you, though, is to pay attention to the foods that you heap on your plate. Additionally, it’s vital that you take your time to eat – as hungry as you might be, don’t give in to the temptation of wolfing it down. You can enjoy Christmas dinner without overdoing it for the rest of the holiday season.
5 Tips To Beat Holiday Bloat
1. Christmas Cheer Can Make You Fat
Indulging in alcohol is quite common at holiday parties that you’ll likely go to, but alcohol has plenty of calories. Look out for those cocktails that take a lot of sweet mixers. The best option is to choose a liquor that doesn’t need a mixer or is sugarless. Just one can of beer or glass of wine will usually have close to 200 calories. Eggnog usually has even more. Be sure you think about your health and weight when you party.
2. Don’t Forget To Exercise
It’s common for exercise to fall off a cliff during the holiday season, especially when it’s cold. It’s easy to shrug it off and promise to get back to it in the new year. Don’t do that – try your best to maintain your normal routine. Park at the back of parking lots so you can get a walk in as you head to the stores. Go for a walk after dinner, and play active games (whether indoors or out) with your family.
3. Eat Slow
Always listen to your body – if it’s telling you that you’re full, don’t cram another slice of pie in. This is one of the reasons that you should take your time when you eat.
4. Don’t Skip Meals
Don’t be tempted to fast. For some reason, people think they can skip meals and snacks and save themselves for that big holiday lunch or dinner. Instead, make sure that you enjoy a breakfast that is rich in protein and low-fat. You can have a light lunch, and enjoy your holiday meal with no guilt.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Make sure that you get plenty of sleep, too. It’s imperative to your health and wellness, as well as to maintain your weight. You can enjoy the holiday season and eat the many delicious foods on offer without ending up with holiday bloat and serious weight gain. Stress leads to a lack of sleep, which leads to overeating, and the cycle will just continue.
Keep Up The Good Work
Once the holiday season passes, don’t fool yourself by thinking that you have to eat your way through all the leftovers, whether it’s food, alcohol or treats. The best way to deal with those types of leftovers is to get them out of your house. Remove them from your sphere of temptation, otherwise, you will just convince yourself that you can start getting healthy once you get through it all.
By that point, you will have put on extra weight and you’ll have made your health mission in the new year even more difficult. So, see the end of the holiday season as the end of your overindulgence.