It’s that time of the year again when everywhere we turn we are offered chocolate, sweet pastries or savory items.
Sounds amazing to some but to others, the onslaught of New Year holiday buffets, office parties can contribute guilt, stress, and pressure about the undesired weight gain or overweight. This is true especially when people tend to indulge or snack during excessively during the coming New Year’s celebration.
Here we have put together a little guide to help you on weight-control this festive season.
Begin the day with wholesome, wholegrain breakfast to stay fuelled for long hours. Thus, you can avert from overeating or overindulging in festive treats. At the same time, refrain from skipping any regular meals when you going places or substitute meals with snacks.
1. Take smaller portions of the festive foods slowly and eat it with a small plate. Since the plate is small, there is a little tendency to consumer excess foods than your usual intake.
2. Have some games with friends, colleagues or relatives in some post-meal distraction to divert thoughts from what has been eaten.
3. Drink at least eight glasses of water – Insufficient water intake may give you a false sense of hunger and cause in overeating.
4. Share the sweet pastries or sweet treats with friends or someone you know next to you.
5. Avoid getting excess foods for your guests and end up many leftover foods for tomorrow.
6. At buffets, opt for lots of greens, fruits, and vegetables to complement with the most fat and processed carb-laden festive food.
7. Round it up with exercise – while those treats are tempting and you may think that such festive periods will come and go, it is still vital for you to shed those additional calories off!
8. Try to do more simple workouts like walking, climbing the stairs, parking farther away, taking a toilet breaks every hour in an office and maybe go for jogging or running if time and weather permits.
9. Remember, there is no need to forsake all the goodies this festive period, but doing everything in moderation is always the key to staying healthy.
So put a spring in your step and reduce your weight gain through healthy eating during the New Year!
By Pang Wee Ya
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