You survived Thanksgiving and now the next big hurdle is before you – holiday eating. Between the third week of November and the final weeks of December, most individuals will have multiple days where their consumption hovers around 3,000 calories. Days like these contribute to weight gain and can disrupt natural hormone balance and have a dangerous impact on your health.
How can you ensure you do not consume two days’ worth of calories in less than 24 hours? Follow these steps – scientifically proven to reduce the health risks associated with the holiday binge.
- Get a head start –on your exercise that is. Researchers have discovered that brisk cardiovascular activity prior to a meal can inhibit the damaging effects of dangerous triglycerides. Experts recommend a brisk 30-minute walk or other intense physical activity the night before mega-eating days like Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s.
- Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day.Avoid the temptation to skip breakfast because you are saving your appetite and your calories for the big meal. The reason breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day is because it revs up your metabolism. Starting the day off with a healthy breakfast can help put those extra calories you will consume later to good use – not to mention, you will be less likely to overeat as much.
- Skip the snack bowl.It may be considered polite to offer hors d’oeuvres to your guests throughout the day, but mindless snacking, especially on fat-rich foods will lead to an over-indulgence of epic proportions. Choose light snacks like vegetables or a light salad of you need to fuel yourself until meal time.
- Meal time! Start with the lightest fare such as broth-based soups and steamed vegetable dishes. If you fill your tummy with foods low in fat, there will not be as much room to over consume fat-laden entrees, side dishes and desserts.
- No nap time.Many individuals are seized by the so-called food coma that follows large meals like those served during the holidays, but indulging your body’s urges to sleep are dangerous to your health. Instead, take a long, slow walk. Participating in some type of movement will reduce the effect those fat-based calories have on your arteries.
- Midnight munchies.Avoid raiding the fridge again after mealtime. The leftovers can be a nice treat for future meals, but late-night eating, especially over-indulgent late-night eating, can expand your waistline. Make your best effort to return to your normal schedule and eating routine following the big meal.