It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yet, for most of us, it is the worst time of the year…to maintain a slim waistline. At Bellava’s Westchester Plastic Surgery Center, we are devoted to helping our clients feel and look their best, inside and out.
Here are our tips for how to indulge during the holidays without overdoing it:
Drink water! Go ahead and have that cranberry vodka cocktail at your office holiday party, but be sure to hydrate with plenty of water before and afterward. In fact, you want to drink plenty of water all day long –aim for eight 8-ounce glasses in total. H2O helps flush toxins from the body and has been linked to helping you eat less.
Take a winter walk! Rather than snoozing on the couch after feasting, take a brisk walk out in the cold. Spending time in cooler temps helps boost calorie burn by up to 30%! That’s right. For this you can thank brown fat. The opposite of unhealthy white fat, brown fat is the good type of fat that helps you burn energy in the form of heat.
Practice portion control! Before you heap gobs of food on your plate, take a moment to review proper portion size. According to fitness guru, Jillian Michaels, a serving of carbs should be a fist-sized portion; protein should be around the size of your palm, a serving of greens should be approximately two hands, and healthy fats should be limited to a thumb-sized helping.
Adhere to the 80/20 rule! The Japanese practice “hara hachi bu” means eat until you are 80 percent full. You have probably heard about the Okinawan people and how they often live to 100. They are the longest lived, healthiest people on Earth, and they practice hara hachi bu. This works because as our brains are 10-20 minutes behind our stomachs, it usually turns out that when you think you’re 80% full, you’re actually full. When we eat to 100% full, we are usually overstuffing ourselves.
Don’t starve yourself! Starving all day before a party actually slows down your metabolism and you’ll be more likely to arrive famished and gobble down that tray of pigs in blankets. Eating healthy meals and snacks throughout the day will keep your blood sugar levels stable.
Prepare healthy holiday dishes! Need to bring an appetizer to that potluck gathering? Make a crudité platter. Then you and guests can fill up on veggies rather than fattening cheese and crackers. Serve with a heart-healthy dip such as protein-packed hummus or a low-fat yogurt-based spinach dip.
This season, go ahead and indulge, but indulge wisely.
Happy Holidays to you and yours from everyone at Bellava!