Updated: Dec 23, 2021
Overindulging this season is inevitable, especially since getting together with our loved ones to enjoy a hearty meal is a great way to get into the festive spirit. It is important to eat and drink without overdoing it. To help you stay on track this festive season, here are some tips for you to enjoy yourself without letting your healthy habits go out of the window.
Tips to Stay Healthy This Christmas
1. Eat until you are no longer hungry, not until you feel full
Who wouldn’t want to try every dish on the holiday table? However, this increases our propensity to overindulge, resulting in bloating and sometimes even indigestion. To prevent this from happening, we can eat smaller portions while being able to try almost everything! Don’t feel obligated to keep eating if everyone is still eating around you. It is important to be mindful of the signals your body is sending you - you should definitely stop eating when you feel bloated and nauseated.
2. Eat slowly to avoid overeating
With a wide selection of food, it may be hard to keep track of your food intake in a day.
It takes time for the leptin hormones to send signals to your brain to tell you that you are not hungry anymore. Eating slowly can thus help you regulate your satiety accordingly. It may feel challenging to inculcate slow eating as a habit. But aside from avoiding the overeating pitfall, you can savour your meal and enjoy the different elements of your food.
3. Stay hydrated
Limiting your consumption of sweetened beverages and alcohol will help you to prevent unwanted festive weight gain. On the other hand, drinking a glass of water with every meal fills your belly more. This is because it is less likely for you to overeat as your appetite will be reduced. In fact, alcohol will make you feel more dehydrated. Hence, water is a life saver to ease the symptoms of a hangover the next day! Additionally, staying hydrated will help you to stay alert for the rest of the day too.
4. Watch for hidden sugars, even in salty snacks
Aside from food intake, it is important to ensure that you do not consume more than the recommended sugar intake. We should be mindful about what we eat and opt for healthier alternatives if possible. Here are some healthier alternatives you can consider!
Moderation is key when indulging in the various festive delicacies - ‘tis the season to be eating but the last thing anybody wants is to experience unintentional weight gain. If you want to burn those festive calories, you can drop us a WhatsApp message at +65 8812 0110 or book a personal training trial with us today.
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