10 festive hacks
With Christmas just around the corner, Britons are bracing themselves for six weeks of feasting festivities, resulting in the average person piling on 4lbs.
To help minimize the pain of January here are ten Christmas cheats to ensure you can enjoy the most wonderful time of the year without your December choices coming back to haunt you.
Don’t stock up
It is often tempting to pack the cupboards full of unhealthy treats knowing that you will have many Christmas visitors to entertain. However, it is harder to resist temptation when it is staring you in the face so eliminate this issue by not having the goodies in the house. Also, due to the massive amount of food purchased over the Christmas period you will most likely find yourself polishing off snacks to stop them going to waste.
Enjoy the winter air
Use visits from family or friends as an excuse to wrap up and go for a lovely winter walk.
Count your canapés
With canapés and nibbles being passed around it is easy to lose track of how many pigs in blankets you have already consumed. Be conscious of what you are eating to avoid consuming too many calories.
Never arrive hungry
Turning up hungry means when the food is bought out your animal instincts will take over and you will gorge and over eat. Eating a healthy, filling meal before attending your Christmas party will help you to resist the buffet table and just go for the really enticing treats.
Track your turkey
Using a food tracker app, such as Noom Coach, helps you to visually see how many calories you have consumed, leading you to be more conscious with your further food choices.
Homemade healthy alternatives
With healthier ingredients, such as cacao and buckwheat flour being more readily available nowadays you can easily make healthier versions of much loved Christmas goodies, whilst bypassing the high volume of calories, sugar and fat. Allowing you to still enjoy your favourite treats but without the guilt.
Being dehydrated can often be mistaken for being hungry, drink a sufficient amount of water throughout the day to help keep hunger pains at bay.
Bring your own bottle
Homemade punches and cocktails will often contain a lot of alcohol and sugar sugary, making the calorie content of these concoctions hard to judge. If you’re heading to a party at someone’s home, try taking your own bottle of low calorie alcohol like gin or vodka so you can control your intake easier. If you’re in a bar or pub, try alternating your alcoholic drinks with a glass of water to limit the amount of extra calories you drink while ensuring you stay hydrated.
Opt for a smaller plate
Studies have shown that eating off a big plate encourages us to eat more. By swapping for a smaller alternative you can trick your brain into thinking you have eaten more than you actually have, allowing you to feel satisfied whilst consuming fewer calories.
Get enough sleep
This may seem near impossible with having to fit in parties, family visits and work functions but a study found that those who got less sleep were prone to eating more. After 5 days of little sleep, study participants gained up to 5 lbs. They were also more likely to reach for foods with higher fat and carb contents.