With the holidays quickly approaching, we tend to find ourselves busy with school parties, family gatherings, and seasonal celebrations.
More than likely, these activities involve sweets, treats, and other goodies that aren’t aligned with our healthy eating habits. Did you know that on average, Americans gain 1-2 pounds during the holiday season?
We’ve put together some simple tips to help you avoid gaining those few unwanted pounds. By joining The Tribe here at Cycletique, you’re already on your way to success, so just keep these “mindful” strategies handy when it comes to eating, and you’ll avoid the weight gain this holiday season.
1. Don’t Skip Breakfast
The old wives’ tale is true… Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so be sure not to skip it. Eat foods high in fiber like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Also, eat throughout the day to avoid overeating at your larger meal.
By staying satisfied on these high fibered foods, you’ll be less likely to overdo it later on.
2. Try Not to Overeat
If you find yourself at a buffet setting, or are tempted to get your second or third helping, grab a smaller plate. Fill your small plate up with plenty of vegetables and salad dishes first. You’ll quickly feel satisfied on these high fiber foods.
Savor each bite (especially of your Grandma’s secret recipes) and give yourself time before you go back for seconds. Remember that it can take up to 20 minutes for your brain to receive the message from your stomach that you aren’t actually hungry anymore.
3. Alcohol Alternatives
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans limits alcohol to one drink per day for women and two drinks for men. One drink is equivalent to 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of liquor. If you choose to drink, do so responsibly, and remember that calories come from beverages, too.
One tasty alternative to a glass of wine is to replace 2 ounces of the wine with club soda. By doing so, you save yourself 60 calories. Cheers to that!
4. Get up and Exercise
Pittsburgh’s weather this time of year is still very pleasant, especially as the sun sets. After dinner grab your kids, husband or dog and head out for a walk around the block or over to your local park.
And finally, what better way to burn those extra calories than by joining The Vibe Tribe for a high-energy cycle class. We’ve got loads of classes before, during and after Thanksgiving, and a full schedule around Christmas and the New Year.
See you at Cycletique!