The secret is moderation and balance
Here are some tips to keep you on track as advised by Luigi Gratton, vice president of medical affairs at Herbalife, a global nutrition and direct-selling company:
1. Give yourself the gift of 30 minutes of exercise a day
Activity compensates for extra calories. In addition to burning calories, exercise also helps to relieve tension – so you are less likely to eat to control holiday stress.
2. A little water goes a long way
H2O, H2O, H2O: small sips throughout the day are a smart way to keep well hydrated. It acts as a shock absorber and joint lubricant, helps to transport nutrients and eliminate waste, and works in regulating body temperature. Even better, water has no fat, no calories and no cholesterol.
3. Be a food snob
Don’t waste precious calories on everyday chips or biscuits. Be selective and choose only the foods you really love, or that you associate with the season.
4. Bundle flavours
Variety might be the spice of life, but it is also a recipe for overeating. Bundle together similar flavours. For instance, put only salty (or meaty) foods on your plate at once. You will grow tired of that specific flavour more quickly and end up feeling satisfied on fewer calories.
5. Pare down those portions
Try to keep your portions small and make only one visit to the table. Choose the smallest plate possible. Pile greens and other tasty veggies on your plate first, leaving just a little room for those high-calorie treats like sweets and cheeses. Eat small, lower-calorie meals during the day so you can enjoy a special treat later but make sure you do not starve yourself for the party and overeat later.
6. Drink slimmer
Alcohol is a double whammy during the holidays. It tends to weaken your resistance when it comes to eating, and the calories in drinks add up quickly. Sip on a glass of water between cocktails.