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How to Manage Holiday Weight

Eat and repeat!

With Christmas gone and the new year just a few days away, holiday mode is on full swing for all of us and this is only the beginning. The holiday season brings with it a lot of joy, the joy of spending time with family, the joy of bringing in something new, the joy of celebrating and over and above everything else, the joy of eating some scrumptious food. If you’re the kind who maintains a food diary and chronicles everything that you eat on a regular basis, you’ll know how out of control the dieting and the feasting can get during this time of the year. Eight course meals, indulgent preparations, portions that defy any sense of semblance and going for seconds till you realise that you simply can’t get enough of the food –  that’s eating during the holiday season for you. However, when the calorie counter begins to works overtime and the weighing scale begins to protest, you know you’ve got to step on the brakes before you swerve out of control. Easier said than done? We thought so too, but thankfully, with these tips on how to manage all the excess holiday weight and keep yourself fit without compromising on the delicacies, you’ll soon be having your meal and eating it too!

Don’t Arrive Hungry

History tells us that we should never tempt fate and it would do us all good to take heed. Fasting or trying to maintain a diet during the holiday season is next to useless, we’ve all tried it and successfully failed. The best thing that we can do therefore, is to try and not go beyond our daily limits. One way to do this by ensuring that we never arrive hungry at a party. Try a healthy snack or tanking up on liquids (preferably water) before you leave for a night of revelry, that way chances are that you won’t end up binging.

Pace Yourself

Usually, the spread at a holiday feast is mind boggling – we’re talking at least two to three options (if not more) of every course and a table filled with food as far as your eyes can see. This, at times, can become very overwhelming and when we’re presented with so many options, attacking the entire spread at one go is the only thing that seems to make sense. However, the trick is to pace yourself and take your time while going through all the courses and have little portions while spreading it out over a long period of time.

Divert Attention

An idle mind is the devils workshop, even more so when that idle mind begins to fixate on one particular thing. One of the best ways to watch your holiday weight is by not trying to think of food all the time. We know this may be a difficult ask, what with plum cakes and massive roasts doing the rounds, but it’s essential. Diverting your attention towards other things like catching up with an old friend and taking lots of pictures with the extended family are some good ways to keep your mind off food and away from the excess kilos!

Get Moving

Since calorie consumption during this time of the year, especially till the 2nd or the 3rd of January can continue to soar to ridiculous heights, the situation calls for fighting fire with fire. The best weapon that you have at your disposal in such a situation is to be on the move constantly. Walk, jog, take the stairs whenever possible. Your vehicle and the lift in your building might be your life savers on any given day, but not this time. Regular exercise besides going to the gym is what will help you keep the excess holiday weight at bay.

Recondition Your Brain

Last but not the least, no one has better control of your actions than you, yourself. At the end of the day, only you can tell yourself what to do and what not to do and when to start and stop the binging. Reconditioning your brain and telling yourself that ‘enough is enough’ is very important when it comes to keeping a check on what and how much you eat during the holidays. At the end of the day, your brain becomes conditioned to crave these unhealthy foods, making it nearly impossible to resist them. Once you have your powerhouse under control, nothing else will be impossible.

Managing excess holiday weight is all about managing yourself first. Master that and you’ve got yourself a foolproof plan that will let you eat and keep the excess weight at bay, and you’ve got yourself a winner!

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