Holidays or eating out need not have a bearing on your weight loss program, unless of course, willpower fails you badly and is replaced by strong temptations. It is seen that many people invariably report an increase of 2 to 3 kilos in body weight when they return from a vacation or when they are eating out too often. These days there is a strong desire to indulge in a variety of cuisines, sometimes purely out of FOMO (fear of missing out). All said and done, there is only one to stay on track as far as weight loss is concerned – make healthier choices consciously even when eating out. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:
1. Be Selective And Smart
When in a party, choose to talk more than listen to others. Why? Well, if you listen more, you will nibble more. It may seem like an odd suggestion, but it works really well! Be among the last to eat, just choose what you want to eat; do not try all the dishes laid out on the table.
2. Do Not Starve Before You ‘Really’ Eat
When fiercely hungry at dinner or lunch time, one tends to eat too much and amass plenty of calories. Always go to a party or for your vacation lunches and dinners with a semi-filled stomach, and pick healthy snacks. At the restaurant/party, choose low-calorie foods like salads, veggies and hummus as starters. Keep an eye out for high-calorie snacks– you don’t want to end up binging on them.
3. Limit Alcohol Intake
Holidays means excessive amounts of liquor for a lot of people. But if you’re trying to keep a check on your weight, you need to practice some restraint and consume less than you usually do.
4. Walk More, Sit Less
When on a vacation, stay active and keep walking as much as you can. Even if you indulged in heavy foods, you can minimise the effect by walking.
5. Be Aware of Healthy Options
Eat healthy snacks, and avoid leftovers at all costs. Choose lean protein foods such as beans and fish and eat more fruit if hungry. Avoid greasy food as much as possible, instead, look for baked foods. Try and enjoy sweets or desserts occasionally, not all the time.
Moderation is the ‘mantra’ to avoid weight gain during holidays or when dining out!
About The Author:-
Avni, Founder of Nutri Activania (www.nutriactivania.com) is a qualified nutritionist and a wellness coach. She believes in a holistic approach to optimal living and considers other wellness factors such as sleep, exercise, environmental exposures, and stress levels to create an individualized nutrition plan. She does not believe in gimmicks or starvation plans. Which is why she insists on being called a ‘wellness coach’ and not just a ‘dietitian’).