People fall into two categories: those who don’t indulge in anything during the festive season to prevent weight gain and those who indulge in everything making up their minds to take up weight loss as a New Year resolution next year. But one must draw a middle line between these two extremities and find a way to enjoy the holiday season while preventing weight gain too.
Decide before partying
Although banal, deciding on certain limits prevents you from eating mindlessly during the party and also helps you stay away from the temptation of enjoying an extra drink or two just for the sake of drinking or because you have been offered so.
Once you take a look at the calorie values of different alcoholic drinks, you are sure to stick to your limits:
Pop a sugar-free mint or gum into your mouth once you reach your decided food and drinks limit.
Refrain from desserts at the party
Either have desserts at home before going to the party or stay away from desserts at the party to look forward to something once you are back at home. The second option is better, as it gives you the determination and a strong reason to stop overloading yourself.
Drink enough water
Although we repeatedly hear about the benefits of water on our human body, we don’t stick to it most of the time. In reality, drinking plenty of plain water, eating water-laden foods such as fruits and vegetables or consuming other calorie-free beverages helps to fill your stomach and also to consume fewer calories. Drink water throughout the day, especially before every meal and exercise. Drink two glasses of water and also munch on a plate of colorful produce before heading to the party so that you don’t start eating too much due to hunger. If you don’t find it interesting to drink plain water, you can visit the website www.firsteatright.com for creative options such as lemon mint detox drink (3 calories) and sparkling cucumber detox (8 calories).
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.