The holiday weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year are the worst time of the year for weight gain, and several factors are at play. Obviously, there are all the December holiday gatherings with their tempting holiday foods, but there is also a change in the weather that can signal our bodies to slow down and hibernate indoors if we are not careful, –causing us to be less active. So Spilldabeanz.com has gathered a few tips, courtesy of Nutrition Expert Eric Paul– to help YOU stay on track as best you can!!
8 Holiday Eating Survival Tips:
1. Don’t deprive yourself all day and eat one big meal
2. Drink lots of water with your meal, which will keep you full
3. Double up on the non starchy vegetables
4. Limit those decadent high fat and cholesterol favorites
5. Try splitting desserts with someone (i.e. 1/2 slice of pie)
6. Learn to just say no and take focus off food
7. Don’t go back for a second serving
8. Practice, practice, practice portion control
By Eric Paul, BDO Nutrition Expert
As a classically trained chef, Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer and soon to be Registered Dietitian, Eric Paul has acquired the necessary skills to help people prevent most health problems. For the last 5 years, he has used his expertise and passion to help thousands achieve optimal health by empowering them to make changes in their behavior, exercise and diet. Eric Paul has been featured on ABC, WGN, Fox and ESPN giving audiences advice about nutrition, fitness, and other wellness topics. As one of America’s healthiest chefs, we welcome his contribution to our team. For more information about Eric Paul, please visit www.thehealthologist.com.
Top Six Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
1. Don’t let winter slow you down. Get outside and get some exercise for at least 1/2 hour every day
2. When you face a tempting holiday meal, eat smaller portions and skip seconds
3. Save deserts for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas Day and avoid them at regular meals in between
4. Between meals, snack on nuts, fruits and raw veggies instead of junk
5. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary beverages
6. Get plenty of sleep
Good Luck to those that set out goals to become healthier!! Remember it’s a Lifestyle..not a Fad!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!