“I Can’t Even Move!” Ten Tips to Avoid Overeating and Burn More Calories During the Holidays
1. Manage Your Carb Cravings
If you like breads, cakes, cookies or anything else that is packed with carbs, cut down on your intake as we move from one holiday to the next! If you start to train your body to eat less of them, you’ll be more likely to not “go in” like you normally do. If you MUST have carbs, eat them early in the day so that you can burn them off during the day (yes, eat your pies at Noon) and actually, try to load up on healthy carbs like oatmeal in the morning. By the time Christmas rolls around, the cravings should subside.
Another thing about carbs:
When shopping for gifts at the mall, stopping for a slice of pizza in the food court might be tempting, but it’ll only slow you down and you probably won’t feel full after a long day of running around. Carbs, as opposed to protein, are relatively ineffective in suppressing the hunger-promoting hormone ghrelin, so you’ll probably be eating all day instead of getting your shopping done. If you need an energy boost, carry a high protein, low carb snack in your purse like a protein bar and eat that when you need to fuel up and you’ll be satisfied longer.