The holiday season wrecks havoc with all diets and is a formidable test of willpower. I have a particular weakness for sweets. It is sheer torture to be surrounded by them and have to “be good”. These tricks help me stay healthy and keep the pounds off.
- Take half a serving size, then split it in two. Eat half now and save the rest for later. You may have used this trick when you were a kid and were only allowed a little bit of something. When you save a piece for later you have something to look forward to.
- Savor: You may remember the old saying “the best bite is the first bite”. This is very true. The greatest satisfaction and rush of endorphins comes when you taste the very first bite. So savor that bite, wait a few minutes before taking another.
- Schedule exercise: The days are always busy this time of the year, so I suggest you think about the best time for a workout and schedule it. I prefer early mornings before everyone gets up. Set an alarm, wakeup and give your body what it needs: exercise.
- Replace one meal with green smoothie: Now is a good time to get into the habit of eating your vegetables. Vegetable smoothies pack a ton of vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein for lasting energy and fullness. Try this recipe.
- Drink water instead of sweetened beverages and minimize alcohol consumption
Set a bedtime and stick to it. A set bedtime stimulates the body’s natural circadian rhythm and results in better and more restful sleep, minimizing the discharge of stress hormones that cause weight gain.