Skinny people know that holidays are so much more than giving thanks and getting gifts.
The holiday season is like a war zone for skinny people. They know that a caloric attack is behind every invitation to visit with friends or dine with relatives.
Besides pumpkin pie landmines and catastrophic casseroles, skinny people also know that the biggest enemy is one they can bring on themselves: overconsumption. During the holidays, eating more (and more and more and more…) of the things we like is fair game.
Here are a few ways to keep your waistline safe on the front lines of the home front!
- Eat Walnuts: Eat a handful before your meal. They will help fill you up, and the antioxidants can improve your artery function and reduce inflammation.
- Limit yourself to two alcoholic drinks: Alcohol removes your inhibitions, so if you drink before you eat, you’re going to overeat.
- Sit down and chew your food: You will enjoy your food more if you chew it slowly.
Make Healthy Choices For Holiday Meals and Snacks
- Beware of foods loaded with butter and cheese: Steamed broccoli is healthy and low in fat, but when smothered in cheese and butter, it can pack an additional 215 calories and 16 grams of fat in just one cup!
- Watch out for salads: Leafy greens and salads seem like a healthy choice, but when loaded with high-fat, high-cholesterol cheeses and dressing, such as a Cobb salad, these verdant concoctions contain more than 1,000 calories and 71 grams of fat!
- Avoid saturated fats and fried foods: These are guaranteed to heavily increase the calorie count. Opt for baked options, rather than fried and reach for lean meats such as white turkey.
Beat-the-Bloat Tricks for Feeling Less Full
- Wear a watch: Keeping track of time and eating slower will help you notice when you’re getting full. Wait a couple minutes before returning for seconds – this will give your body the chance to digest food intake.
- Drink Water: This may seem like a no-brainer, but drinking a glass of water before a meal can help you eat 20% few calories. If you feel bloated, have a glass of peppermint tea instead, which helps prevent the feeling of being extremely full.
- Incorporate papaya and pineapple: These super foods have digestive enzymes that assist with digestion and help you feel less full after a large meal.
Of course, the holiday season is just one span of a year-round and lifelong struggle to stay skinny. These tips make sense in November and December, but can also be used all year long.