8 Tips On How Not To Gain Weight During The New Year Holidays

The New Year is coming soon, and Christmas and regular feasts are not far behind. We all adore them and therefore actively prepare for them: decorate the house, buy new clothes, and set large tables with all kinds of goodies.

It’s hard to resist such a wide choice of different salads, meat, desserts… We don’t even notice how we gain 1-1.5 kg in a week, and some of us even more.

To prevent you from gaining weight after the holidays, we’ll give you some effective tips:

Don’t skip meals

Do not skip a full breakfast or lunch, because you will have a New Year’s dinner in the evening.

This is the most common mistake that will lead you to pounce on everything on the table. Drink your daily allowance of clean water throughout the day and during the meal to avoid swelling the next day.

Choose unsweetened alcohol

If you drink alcohol, give preference to unsweetened drinks; dry red wine is the best choice. Don’t forget to wash down 1 glass of wine with 2 glasses of water so that you don’t get a headache in the morning.

Prepare dietary options for holiday meals

Try to make the dishes on the table more dietary, for example, you can make Olive and Shuba with natural yogurt instead of mayonnaise, replace the sausage with baked meat, and add more vegetable salads, grilled vegetables, fish, and chicken. If you go to someone’s house, you can take a few of these homemade salads with you.

Watch your portion size

Another way is to watch your portion size, try to eat no more than 500g. Take 2-3 hour breaks between meals and try not to eat during this time.

Eat fewer fast carbohydrates

Eat fewer fast carbohydrates: white bread, pastries, sweets, and soda contain simple carbohydrates.

They are quickly broken down, and blood sugar levels rise sharply, but as a result, we will soon be hungry again. It is better to give preference to complex carbohydrates: bread made from whole wheat flour, brown rice, and quinoa.

Get enough sleep

And don’t forget about healthy, sound sleep! It has been proven that lack of sleep causes an imbalance of hormones, including the hormones responsible for hunger and satiety. Therefore, people who do not get enough sleep eat much more, and the feeling of fullness comes much later.

Eat slowly

Eat slowly: when you eat fast, your body does not have time to realize that it is full. So take your time, chew slowly, and enjoy every bite.

So, if you follow these few simple rules, your holidays will be great, without feeling heavy in the stomach, heartburn, and without extra pounds! Good luck to you!

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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