It’s that time of year when extra food lurks around every corner – Cakes, biscuits etc at the office. All these extras food add up, and if you’re like most people, you’ll put on a pound or two by New Year’s Day.
So what’s the harm in a little holiday weight gain, especially if it’s just a pound? According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most people never lose the weight they gain during the festive holidays. The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in adult obesity.
But you don’t have to fall into this trap. It is possible to enjoy holiday goodies without putting on a single pound. “Portion control is the key,” I don’t believe you can’t eat food that you like — even indulgences — but it is the amount you eat,” Of course, it’s not easy to go on portion patrol when the temptations are endless.
Useful Tips for portion control
- Plate size (or buy a portion control plate)
- Fill up on fruits : 2 portions a day see previous post on click here – Fruits and vegetable : 5 controlled portions a day
- Half your existing portion size
- Limit liquid calories
- Buy food in small portions
- Avoid Your Triggers: If you can’t stop at one handful of groundnut, then don’t even start. – Choose a treat you CAN control
- Serve food on a plate not eat off the containers or packaging
- Eat slow and savour every bit of the food
So while having the a wonderful festive period, you are accountable for the extra calories you eat.
*For additional information on this and other questions about starting a lifestyle change program, Contact Michelle Bello on Twitter, IG:@gracious_mi, and like her Facebook page