Simple ways to Reduce Holiday Weight Gain

Medically reviewed by Shanmukha PriyaM.Phil and Ph.D. in Food Science and Nutrition

Holiday weight gain

Hi Christina,

Concerned about Holiday Weight Gain, Christina? Holidays, festivals and some vacations are so exciting for all of us as they bring us much respite from the usual busy life. Apart from bringing joy, these festivals also bring with them a lot of calories that we are tempted to gulp. Don’t worry, you are not alone in being guilty of eating unhealthy foods and gain weight during the time of festivals.

It is very hard to resist the temptation of these yummy foods. Even if you succeed in resisting temptation, it makes us regret it. So what to do? We have some best tips for you to avoid holiday weight gain. These tips will also be helpful in controlling temptations or cravings during your holidays.

Here is the few tips to stay healthy and away from Holiday Weight Gain:

1] Drink water

Most people mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like eating elephant meals, drink a glass of water. Drinking water fills you up as well.

2] Count to 10

Many studies have shown that an average craving lasts for about 10 minutes so set your mental timer on. If you can resist the temptation for 10 minutes then you will win the battle and will not fall prey to unhealthy cravings.

3] Eat small meals

Eating small meals after short intervals will prevent you from getting hungry all at once. When you avoid eating completely during the whole day, you will surely overeat to suffice your large hunger. You won’t realise that you are overeating when your hunger overwhelms you.

4] Spice up your food

There are some best spices that will help in weight loss such as cinnamon, red chili, fenugreek seeds etc. These spices not only add flavour to your food but also increase your metabolism. This will help in weight loss.

5] Go easy on carbonated soft drinks

Avoid soft drinks as much as you can as they are highly concentrated sugar drinks. They are the main culprits behind your Holiday weight gain.

6] Have more protein 

It has been widely acclaimed that proteins prolong the feelings of fullness better as compared to carbohydrates or fats.

You can have egg, chick peas or lentils during breakfast the will keep you full for the whole day long. Proteins also require a few calories to be broken down.

7] Smart Substitutions 

If you are seriously looking to shed some kilos, then you need to make smart substitutions with food. You can have have whole wheat bread instead of white bread.

In the same way have oats instead of cornflakes and likewise olive oil instead, mustard oil instead of refined oils.

Hope this helps. Don’t stress out because stress is also one of the factors which leads to unnecessary Holiday weight gain. Note: Please do not construe this as medical advice. Please refer to a doctor for qualified medical opinions.

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