Tis the season to be jolly. That does not mean you need to have a jolly belly. There are many things you can do to prevent weight gain this year. But be careful, if you don’t pay attention to your health you could gain weight.
Gaining a couple pounds isn’t too bad, but what usually happens this time of year is mega weight gain. The holidays get the best of us and the average American can gain 8 to 10 pounds. And you know what they say, it is easy to put on and hard to take off. Beat the holiday bulge with these natural health tips.
Don’t Eat Between Meals
It’s important to not over eat this time of year. It’s easy to do because there are many treats around the office and home that aren’t normally there. Whether it’s gifts from friends or edible treats from clients don’t eat them between meals. Studies show that people who do not eat or graze between meals usually weight-less and eat less throughout the day. Stick to three square meals for a healthy happy holiday season.
Don’t weigh yourself
Studies show that people who get on the scale daily tend to obsess and feel overwhelmed when it comes to weight gain. Instead, go by how you feel. How does your body feel in the clothes that you put on? How do you feel in your body when you wake up etc?
Allow yourself one free day a week
Chances are this time of year there’s added goodies. Every day is not a chance to overeat, this is how pounds pack on. Instead of eating it, and over consuming everyday, pick one day a week that you can just eat whatever you want. This is an old dieter trick that works wonders for you if restrict yourself for six days a week following a very careful food plan, and then allow yourself to have that cocktail or that eggnog on one free day.
Brush your teeth
Research proves that people who brush their teeth after every meal lose weight and way less than people who failed to brush their teeth daily. This is because people who have a clean mouth are less likely to overeat over that clean feeling sensation.
Shannon Kaiser is a health and wellness writer for many online and print publications. For more health advice please visit Smiles Dental, a Vancouver WA Dentist.