‘Tis the season for family gatherings, late nights and plenty of calories ready to be consumed. While enjoying the festivities, keep these three simple tips in mind to keep your waist trim without feeling grim this season.
Late Hours Call for an Early Morning Calorie-Filled Mocha – Resist
There are various reasons why we stay up later during the holidays – parties, cramming two weeks of work into one, adjusting to the time change – which cause us to be groggy the following morning. The quick fix is to head to your nearest coffee shop and get the most caffeinated and sugar-filled drink for a pick-me-up, and not only does that affect your caloric intake, but if not timed right, it could affect your sleep. Instead, opt for a 12-ounce skim latte (100 calories compared to 400 calorie mocha latte) and try to eat lots of produce throughout the day for longer-lasting energy that simple sugars don’t provide.
To ensure you get the right amount of sleep, experts recommends turning off your computer and TV half an hour before you turn in will help to avoid from disrupting your body clock. Another tip is to try a small carb-based snack such as a banana before bed. Being more alert and energized will help you to stick with your fitness routines throughout the season.
When You Think You’re Hungry, Reach for a Glass of Water
With lack of quality sleep, your body may be suffering from dehydration which in turn often turns to calories for fuel. When you think you’re hungry, you may just be thirsty. Throughout the day, constant hydration will keep your stomach calm for longer periods. Proper hydration through water consumption is easy, and the benefits are large and wide.
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As the Temperature Drops, Opt for Indoor Activities
The temperatures may be dropping, but that doesn’t mean your heart rate has to. With the sun down early and holiday stress weighing heavy, it is said that an average of one pound is gained during the holiday season.
Opt for indoor sports such as indoor soccer, basketball or racquetball to keep your heart pumping and your body temperature stable. Your local gym or YMCA is likely to have pick-up games for you to join in and make some new friends while you’re at it! Don’t forget to filter your water at home and bottle your own to keep yourself hydrated with the purest water available.