How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

how to stay healthy during the holidays

The holiday is not only the season of giving gifts but it’s also the time for family gathering and catching up with old friends. With Christmas parties and family reunion here and there, the array of food is endless. Of course, let’s not forget the bountiful table you have during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. And we all know New Year's Resolutions to get healthier are coming up!

With so many mouth-watering foods that are prepared during the holidays, is it possible to avoid gaining weight and stay healthy? 

Well, the good news is, it is indeed possible to stay healthy during the holidays. 

It’s time to make your healthy diet plan and follow these tips below to avoid being overweight this holiday season. 

1. Keep The Focus On Fun, Not On Food 

Remember that the main purpose of gatherings is to catch up with each other’s lives. Though food is a part of most of these gatherings, don’t forget that food only adds to the fun factor of the celebration. 

Don’t spend too much time stuffing your plate with delicious meals, instead roam around the room and socialize. Perhaps it’s better if you catch up with your cousin and be updated with his interesting love life than sit in a corner with a plate full of Mac ‘n cheese as your companion. 

2. Snack Wisely 

With too much food available during the holidays, it’s inevitable to deprive yourself of these mouth- watering dishes. 

If you really want to indulge, indulge wisely. Choose healthy snacks if you want to wear the same pair of jeans after the holidays. 

What are the ideal snacks? 

Have loads of fruits and vegetables. They’d keep you full for a longer period of time and contain fewer calories. Avoid greasy foods and foods that are high in fats and cholesterol. 

3. Drink Plenty Of Water 

Did you know that drinking lots of water does not only keep you hydrated but it also helps you keep your weight? 

Most people who are conscious of their weight swear on the benefits of water in maintaining their weight goal. 

Before you get your first serving of food, drink a glass of water first. It will help you avoid overeating. If you feel hungry, try drinking water first before taking a bite of doughnut. We often mistaken thirst with hunger and by drinking water, you avoid unnecessary eating. 

If you want to boost your metabolism, drink a glass of water right after you wake up. It’s a popular practice in Japan. No wonder there are very few overweight people there. 

4. Do Not Skip Meals 

If you think you will lose a few pounds if you skip meals, think again. 

On the contrary, skipping meals contribute to weight gain. If you miss breakfast, not only you jinx your metabolism but you also starve yourself. When you’re starved, you have the tendency to just pop into your mouth whatever food you’ll see. This can lead to overeating, which results to weight gain. 

Eat a complete set of meals, but in small portions only. 

5. Stay Consistent With Your Workout 

Having a healthy diet is not only the key in staying healthy this holidays – a consistent workout regime is also critical in order to avoid weight gain. 

A 30 minutes to one hour of workout session every day is ideal. Avoid eating heavy meals so that you don’t feel sluggish and tired to work out. 

6. Cut Down Your Christmas Tree 

If it’s not ideal to have a regular workout session every day, find time to be active instead. 

One way of staying active this holiday is cutting down your own Christmas tree. It’s hitting two birds with one stone – you get to burn lots of calorie plus you find cheaper ways to have your own Christmas tree. 

Stay Healthy & Fit During The Holidays

Staying healthy this holiday season is definitely not impossible. With consistent discipline and perseverance, you’ll maintain your healthy body until the end of this season. Happy New Year to you and your health!

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