The holidays are a time for family, friends, traditions, and delicious food, but it can be difficult to stay true to your weightloss goals with all of the holiday food options! Compiled below are a few tips and tricks that we use to stay fit and healthy throughout the holidays. Check them out and see how you can incorporate them into your meals this holiday season.
Lighten Up Your Meal
Making a meal for a big group of people can be a daunting task, especially when you are trying to keep your weight in balance during the holidays. We have a few suggestions to help you cut a few fats and sugars all while still presenting a beautiful and tasty meal. When basting a turkey or making gravy use fat-free chicken broth. The turkey has enough fat to be delicious without the added fats. When it comes to your dollop of sour cream on top of mashed potatoes or casseroles try substituting plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream. Cutting a little bit here and there throughout the meal will add up to a whole lot of fats and calories saved in the end!
As with most holiday feasts there are huge plates of delicious foods to choose from and if you are trying to maintain your weight making decisions about how much you will eat can be difficult. We suggest surveying the options before dishing up. Choose items that aren’t normally accessible to you most of the year but also choose items that are healthier. When you approach the line take smaller portions. Fill your plate as if it were a normal day. We also suggest skipping seconds and take them for leftovers. Holiday foods are always good two days in a row!
Plan a Post-Meal Walk
Big holiday meals will include an increase in your calorie intake for the day which means you should increase the amount of physical exercise for that day. When you arrive at your gathering try and coordinate with others for a group walk post-meal time. Not only is this a great way to fight off that post-meal nap but also a great way to get active with your friends and family as well as stay healthy. You may find that you will want to skip that holiday dessert as well after a good healthy walk.
As you head to your holiday meals this year remember to keep these three tips and tricks in mind to keep your holiday fit and healthy. If you are looking for support for your weight loss journey try adding a supplement with 7-KetoⓇ to your diet. The InterHealth ingredient, 7-KetoⓇ, has been extensively studied for various benefits including weight, metabolic rate, and memory. For additional information about our ingredients, visit buyinterhealth.com or call 1-800-783-4636.