Holidays are a prime season for major diet disasters, but there are some ways to keep healthy while also keeping in shape during the season. Here are five ways to have a healthy Christmas courtesy of nutrition consultant Michelle Braude from the UK newspaper the Mirror.
You may think taking in water will cause your belly to bloat, however, drinking plenty of water can help you avoid overeating by helping you feel full. Water also helps you lose weight by keeping your cells functioning at their fat-burning best and flushing your kidneys of excess toxins and chemicals, which may be slowing down your metabolism.
Going cold-turkey on carbs puts the brakes on your metabolism, so when you go back to them, your weight could skyrocket. Go for more healthful carbs such as brown rice, whole grain bread, and sweet potatoes.
Don’t ban yourself from food while you’re waiting on your family and friends to come arrive. Keep your energy up by snacking on healthy foods throughout the day. Staring at holiday treats all day and not eating anything could drop your metabolism and lower your blood sugar, causing your body to hold on to fat. Holding out all day could lead to over-stuffing yourself on anything you see; even your Aunt Agnes’ turnip casserole.
It was good advice when your parents gave it to you, and it’s good advice when you give it to your kids. Take your time when you eat. If you eat too fast, your brain will not get the signal that you’re full and you’ll eat more than you need to.
Scientists have found a link between fat around the tummy area and cortisol, the stress hormone. Anxiety causes your body to increase cortisol, which tells the body to store more fat. Chill out with family and friends. It’s good for you.
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