Staying Healthy For the Holidays
Many people use the holiday season as an excuse to scarf down food during the last two months of the year. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) state that the extra pounds we put on the scale during the holidays build up over the years and may be a major factor that contributes to obesity later in life. Whether you are at the office or at a friend's house, the temptation to overindulge on food is available at every serving table you come across. Lots of traditional holiday foods are packed with fat and calories. Does this mean that you should abstain from all of your favorite foods?
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The following list is simple ways to slow down the consumption of pork fat, trans fat, or any kind of fat during the holiday season:
Start your days with a small breakfast that includes protein. Protein takes longer for the body to absorb and enables you to feel fuller longer.
Have a small salad or some other low fat snack before going to a party. Eat an apple or a piece of celery. By pre-filling your stomach, you minimize the chances of making return trips to the buffet table.
When you eat foods containing high concentrations of simple carbohydrates, your body in turn will crave more sugar. To break out of the simple carbohydrate craving cycle, plan on eating foods that are low on the glycemic index. By eating foods containing complex carbohydrates, your cravings will subside and your satiation levels will elevate.
Demands for your time during this time of the year make it easy for you to stop by a fast-food restaurant and order the wrong foods for your personal consumption. Plan on keeping in the trunk of your car or in your desk drawer healthy protein bars and low fat snacks to thwart binge eating. That way you avoid making trips to the fast-food restaurant and eating foods that will definitely make you gain weight.
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