We are all looking forward to the New Year holidays to meet with family and friends, throw a noisy party, and celebrate the New Year properly! And as expected, of course, on the table there should be a traditional Russian salad, baked chicken with apples, a fur coat and grandmother’s compote. Nothing without it 🙂
But each of us, at least once, but angry with ourselves after the end of the holidays because we gained weight!
Surviving the New Year holidays and not gaining weight is a rather difficult task, and even with an asterisk, but it is quite possible to cope with it. The main thing is to take into account a few simple rules, thanks to which you will be able to pass all the tests for the will with dignity, and your figure will not suffer a bit!
If you are at a party
An abundance of various snacks: hot dishes and high-calorie desserts
1. Sit on the edge of the table, but not in the middle
Once you are in the center of the table, it will be very difficult to resist the various dishes. If you settle down at the other end of the hall, you will simply be too lazy to go to the center for the main meal. However, you can not sit all the time at the table, but move between colleagues and friends. After all, snacks and alcohol should not be a reason to get together, but a pleasant addition to communication.
2. Choose one dish
Many are accustomed to thinking that if you try everything a little bit, then you will not eat too much. Unfortunately, this is an illusion. You can treat yourself to something very tasty and high-calorie — but choose only one dish. Most people skip lunch before corporate parties in order to fill up with might and main in the evening.
Nutritionists note that this approach is very wrong and you should definitely eat at lunch. And all because a long break between meals exacerbates the feeling of hunger. In the end, you eat much more than on a typical weekday for lunch and dinner.
3. Drink wisely
We, of course, will not open America to you, but once again we will remind you of this anyway! 🙂
Strong drinks contain much more calories than low-alcohol ones. Give preference only to dry white wine, which has only 70 kcal.
Cocktails, especially sweet ones, are very dangerous for the figure, because they contain various syrups and liquors, and these are just those very fast carbohydrates.
The convenience of dry white wine is that it can be stretched out for the whole evening, sipping in small sips. We still recommend not to allow gallant men to pour you a drink into a glass that has not yet been drunk, because then it is very easy to lose count and lose control not only over calories, but also over behavior.
If you are in the mall
All around you are fast foods.
1. Don’t go to the mall hungry.
This rule should be your number one priority. Like a fad or a principle! Otherwise, you risk being at the mercy of a burger or shawarma. The best experts in the fast food world are working to make you lose your head from the smell of pizza, fried chicken and hamburger. Only satiety can resist them!
Many nutritionists advise eating a hearty meal before going shopping, and even if the food court can distract you from shopping, you can drink natural coffee — it will reduce your appetite. You can add milk to it, but in no case cream or sweet syrups.
2. Take something to eat with you.
Shopping before the New Year holidays is always a special process. However, no matter how much we like it, often shopping can take several hours, or even a whole day. As a result, you have to eat fast food, and even if you are for a healthy lifestyle.
To avoid this, you need to take apples or bananas, drinking yogurt or bread with you. And also try not to leave shopping until the last moment: if you spend the whole day in the mall, you won’t be able to get rid of apples and yogurt alone.
3. Chew gum
This process will allow you to proudly refuse sweets. In addition, according to the results of the study, mint chewing gum has been shown to slightly suppress appetite.
Away at the festive table
An abundance of delicious food.
1. Bring your own 🙂
Of course, you should not bring duck with apples or sweet homemade cookies, which will be in bulk on the table anyway. Prepare a salad or a light dessert at home. Thus, you will kill three birds with one stone: you will not come empty-handed, you will please the hostess, who is already exhausted with cooking, and most importantly, you will be able to eat what she personally prepared from the most useful ingredients.
2. Start your meal with salads
Sandwiches with caviar, smoked meats, sauces, spices — appetizers that whet the appetite. After you start with them, everything will end with hot and desserts. It is best to start with vegetables: cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant or cabbage. However, these vegetables should not be canned because they are high in salt, which means you may experience fluid retention and swelling.
3. Control the amount eaten.
Have you been waiting for this moment for so long to finally treat yourself to something delicious at the New Year’s table? Don’t deny yourself the pleasure! You can lose your head with joy. True, your landmark: palm. Eat as many snacks as you can fit in it. And also set aside large plates away from you, eat only from small ones. According to the results of the study, a person eats less from a small plate.
When you come home from the cold
Fatty, high-calorie food with which you want to warm up.
1. Drink plenty of water
Due to the fact that in winter we wear warm clothes, we sweat more and the body loses moisture. In addition, in the heat, we usually drink more water, and in winter we forget about it. Thus it is very easy to confuse thirst with hunger.
Nutritionists advise warming up with hot drinks: tea, cocoa or mulled wine made with juice.
2. Physical activity
Cold makes us think about food. However, you can warm up in another way — physical education.
A few exercises on the legs, abs, buttocks or light cleaning in the apartment will serve as an excellent alternative to the process of eating food.
3. Warm up with the right food
If you just came home and just at lunch or dinner, the best “warming” will be soup — meat or fish. You can also eat jellied meat and fatty fish with a light salad for garnish.
Happy holidays to you! 🙂