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Top 5 Ways to Stay Trim Over the Holidays

Cold weather means winter holidays are on their way, and with them all the delicious fixings. This is one of the most difficult times of year to watch the waistline, especially if you find it difficult to complete daily exercise which used to take place outside.

Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can keep fit, fight temptation, and keep that beach body all year around. Look at these 5 tips to tame the holiday gain.

1. Eat Frequently

Believe it or not, cutting meals is not the answer to cutting pounds. Instead, science shows that eating more frequently, in smaller portions will curb hunger, and keep your metabolism up and running. Reader’s Digest suggests: “People who have kept their weight off for more than a few years tend to eat an average of five times a day. Light, frequent meals curb your appetite, boost your energy, improve your mood and even speed your metabolism, since the process of digestion itself burns calories.”

Make life a little easier by prepping these small meals ahead of time, or keeping healthy snacks on hand that are easy to reach for when a craving occurs. If you are invited to many parties over the holidays, eat a small meal before attending so you aren’t so quick to reach for that second piece of pie.

2. Find Time to Exercise

It’s cold and uncomfortable outside, and all you want to do is hibernate in your pajamas until spring appears. Unfortunately, the human body requires physical exercise to stay in shape, and even increase your mental awareness and overall health.

Finding unique ways to exercise throughout the winter season will allow you to partake in more festive treats without the guilt. Outdoor activities like ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, and hiking will have you working up a sweat in no time. The snow adds friction and makes you work that little bit harder, which is beneficial to your overall workout. Invite a friend along to keep you motivates, or enjoy winter activities as a family to get fit together.

3. Cut the Grease

Holiday cooking calls for plenty of frying, buttery baking, and turkey drippings for the gravy. These greasy, fatty cooking methods make the food taste great, but can add stress to your tummy, and extra pounds around your middle. News Max Reports: “Learning to cook healthier meals can also help you slim down, Kern notes. She likes no-fry cooking appliances that use hot air circulation technology that you to prepare health meals without using cooking oil.”

Not only is it better for you to cook with alternative appliances and methods, it’s also healthier to find ingredients which work well in your meal plan without the same fat or sugar levels. For example, a great addition to many baked goods in the place of sugar and butter is apple sauce.

4. Say no to Seconds

If you are eating a proper portion, and drinking a glass of water, you shouldn’t be hungry for seconds. During the holidays, it becomes easy to ignore the hunger signals our bodies send in exchange for the added bliss of another slice of pie. Have one helping, and wait ten minutes before attempting more. Once your body starts digesting, you will likely find that you don’t need extra. Smaller portions can also help you keep slim this holiday season. Medical Daily writes: “In the case of plates, reducing the diameter by 30 percent reduces the area of the plate by half. The reason they reduce consumption is if diners are self-serving their portions. In other words, if diners are told to serve themselves and are provided smaller plates, they will serve themselves less, and by extension eat less.”

Choose to forego the traditional dinner plate in exchange for a dessert plate. You will be shocked at how satiated you feel without that double scoop of potato.

5. Don’t Skip the Dessert

Believe it or not, experts suggest that eating dessert can be more beneficial to maintaining a holiday waistline than skipping it altogether. By indulging your sweet tooth with a small piece of cake, or a single scoop of ice cream, you can kick the craving to the curb. Denying yourself this simple treat may lead to overeating later when the craving just won’t go away.

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