The holidays are right around the corner, which not only means it’s time to shop till you drop, but also eat till you pop! Our holiday weight loss guide has some tips that can help you keep off the holiday weight and resist temptation to eat that last piece (or three) of peppermint bark.
1. Eat small meals throughout the day
Studies have shown that eating five small meals throughout the day can help increase your metabolism and control your appetite. According to MayoClinic.com, eating more frequently also may also reduce your risk of obesity by decreasing the blood insulin response to long fasts, which actually increase fat storage and weight gain.
Make Smoothie Complete™ one of these meals by adding it to your favorite milk beverage for a protein packed mini meal.
2. Smaller portions
According to our friend The Healthy Voyager, serve your dinner on a smaller side plate, not a large dinner place. Our stomachs are roughly the size of our fists, not the size of a huge dinner plate. Fool your stomach into thinking you are using a large plate by filling up a small one.
3. More fruits, veggies and heart healthy fats
Fill up this holiday season with fresh fruits and veggies. Sweet potatoes and date plums are in season this winter. Mashed sweet potatoes with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg? Don’t mind if we do! Also in season, fiber filled chestnuts. No wonder there is a song about these holiday nuts.
Find out what else is in season by visiting Fruits and Veggies More Matters
4. Take the stairs
Who doesn’t just love the malls on holidays? Taking the stairs isn’t just a great way to burn extra calories, but you can avoid the crowds of people, and their bags, on the escalators and elevators!
5. Supplement your diet
Don’t forget about supplements that can help you stay on track. Trim Energy® has a good source of fiber than helps keep you full and control cravings. If you cheat on your diet, burn fat with Trim Energy® Green Coffee Bean Extract. Planning a big meal? Take a Neo-Carb Bloc® 30 minutes before a meal to help regulate the digestion of dietary starches found in many of our favorite carb-rich foods like potatoes and bread.
6. Gift wrap at the gym
This one may be a little extreme, but why not bring your gifts to the gym and wrap them on the bicycle? Ok, maybe just hop on the bike AFTER you wrap. Just don’t forget this important part of keeping your body and mind healthy this holiday season.
7. Skip the Full-Fat Nog
Yes, eggnog is delicious, but do you really need those extra calories from full-fat cartons of eggnog? How about make your own at home with our simple low fat recipe
•2 cups nonfat milk
•3 strips orange and/or lemon zest
•2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
•1 tsp vanilla extract
•1/3 cup sugar
•1 teaspoon whole wheat flour (or cornstarch)
•Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
Combine 1 1/2 cups milk and the citrus zest in a medium saucepan or steam. Whisk the eggs, vanilla extract, egg yolk, sugar and flour in a medium bowl until blended together.
Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly, then pour back into the pan. Place over medium heat and stir with a spoon in until the eggnog begins to thicken (about 8-10 minutes). Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1/2 cup milk to stop the cooking. Slowly pour the eggnog to a large bowl, and then chill until ready to serve.
Remove the zest. Garnish with nutmeg and enjoy!
8. Get an extra hour of sleep a night
With all the things you have to do this holiday season, getting extra sleep may be a stretch. But studies have shown that people burn between 50-86 calories an hour while sleeping. According to Live Strong, the exact amount depends on how much you weigh. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds you can burn 51 calories per hour while a 200 pound person will burn 86 calories per hour. And just when we thought sleeping in couldn’t get any better!
Happy Holidays from the Healthy To Go Team!
1.Scott-Hamilton, Carolyn (TheHealthyVoyager). (2012, 27 September). Healthy Bite Video Tip: Proper Portion Size Made Easy. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqgxnU56Exo
2.Gargulinski, Ryn. (2011, June). About Calories Burned During Eight Hours of Sleep. Live Strong. Retrieved November 14, 2012, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/280877-about-calories-burned-during-eight-hours-of-sleep/#ixzz2CFN9UlVE