Hints for keeping the holiday weight gain at bay

It is possible to start taking better care of ourselves right now without sacrificing any of the fun of the holidays; this is demonstrated by a set of guidelines that will allow us to indulge in the bounty of Christmas dinner without guilt.

Hints for keeping the holiday weight gain at bay
Christmas tips to avoid gaining weight during the holidays. Photo by Kelsey Chance / Unsplash

However, we can take care of ourselves from this moment on without stopping to enjoy the holidays. This is explained by the Director of the Nutrition Program of the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG), Monserrat Rodriguez Leon, with a series of tips she shares for tasting the delights of Christmas dinner without feeling remorse.

Enjoy the holidays in the company of your family and loved ones, but do not forget to eat healthily and avoid excesses.

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Don't skip your set meal times. Skipping a meal will not compensate for overeating another meal; it may even increase your anxiety, causing you to arrive at your next meal hungrier and eat in large quantities.

Plan your meals: if you already have a posada or party scheduled and you know that there will be high-calorie foods, try to choose options that nourish you.

Do not repeat dishes. Of course, you can try all the dishes in small portions. Do not stay with the craving; just do not ask for double portions or repeat dishes. Remember that the reason for the holidays is to spend time with your family and loved ones.

Avoid drinking calories: chocolate and punch contain high amounts of sugar; prefer a small cup to liters and liters of these drinks.

Exercise: at home, in the park, or at the gym, do 150 minutes a week.

Stay hydrated. In this winter season, you don't crave plain water, but you can choose to consume teas or infusions.