With the holidays here, we are bound to gain some extra pounds these next few months. Whether you're sitting with family around the dinner table, out at the mall shopping for that next big thing, or bar hopping with your friends, a bad decision is just around the corner.
Here are my 3 tips to help you fit in those favorite jeans this January that don’t include counting your macro-nutrient numbers or trying the latest fad diet.
1. Nom nom nom. Chewing your food slower is something you might have heard your mom tell you when you were a little one. Well, she was on to something! Chewing your food slowly will give your body a chance to register when it is full more quickly. It does this through the hormone “leptin” which is your bodies way of telling you when to put down the fork! Rather than stuffing your face quickly and by-passing the built-in monitor we all have, chew until the food becomes a mush consistency to allow the digestive enzymes to take over!
2. Try to get some rest! Believe it or not, a good night sleep is correlated with eating less “bad” food in a day. Not only is the quantity of sleep important but the quality of sleep is possibly even more important. People who have bad nights sleep are more likely to be tempted by those sweet, crunchy, salty foods we all love to binge on. Don’t believe me? Check this article out! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3763921/
3. We are all victims of it. At the dinner table, getting “seconds” is a debate in the mind of some and a “Duh” moment for others. Challenge your self to see if you can limit to eating 1 plate every meal. That means no cheating a few hours after! Portion control can have a very large impact on your body fat percentage in the long run.
I hope these tips can help your goals of staying in shape this holiday season! Be sure to look out for more blogs about increasing your well being, upcoming workout programs, and fitness guides.