For many people, December is synonymous with festivals and traditions where different gastronomic dishes cannot be missed.Research shows that during this month, most adults generally gain weight; however, there are ways to make smart, healthy choices while still enjoying yourself.
Tica Dietitian Julia Zumpano shared a series of tips to achieve this:
Moving steadily and regularly is one of the most effective ways to maintain or lose body weight. During the Christmas season, it is recommended to increase the usual exercise by five to ten minutes.
It’s okay to indulge in a small serving of a sweet or savory Christmas drink or treat, as long as you reward yourself by reducing your total caloric intake or burning extra calories while exercising.
Controlling the risk of temptation
While not all situations can be controlled, focusing on not having contact with “tentative” foods is an effective way to control calorie intake. For example, sweets can be stored in less accessible places.
Eat fruits and vegetables
It is recommended to eat seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day, as they will help fill the stomach.
Avoid going to parties hungry
Before attending parties, it is recommended to eat a healthy snack or a serving of fruit or nuts.
Be in charge of party choices
Bring healthy appetizers like pre-cut raw veggies, wheat pita chips, fruit salad, and more. It can also be tried with fat-free pudding, fruit, or low-sugar cookies.
Say no politely
It is important to learn to say no politely when people put food in front of you, or order the portion to take home.
Focus on socializing
One tactic is not to be around the table where the food is, and otherwise, go out to talk.