The festive season has just ended with all the holiday gatherings or parties it brings along. We know exactly what that was like; long-laid dinner tables with a variety of delectable dishes and food options that are hard for anyone to resist. At that time of the year and on such pleasant occasions, it is hard to say no to all the mouth-watering food and it becomes really challenging to stick to your diet. It is ok to yield to your appetite’s cravings from time to time. But now that the festive season is over, you probably want to get back on track with your your diet. Here are tips on how to curb your appetite post-holiday season, especially since winter gets us to eat more.
1. Eat Mindfully
Avoid eating in front of the TV or your laptop because this can make you overeat unconsciously. Instead, dedicate a special time for eating where you sit down and do nothing but enjoying your food. Chew slowly to engage your senses in the meal you are eating. This way, you will get to enjoy your meal more and get full quicker.
2. Increase your fiber and protein intake.
Both fiber and protein help make you feel fuller and will minimize your cravings for carbs. Additionally, fiber aid in digestion. Eating more nuts, whole grains, legumes, and fruits will help you stay away from unhealthy food options.
3. Don’t fill your plate.
The trick to eating smaller portions is to avoid filling your plate. Eating from a smaller plate will make you unconsciously eat less. On the other hand, filling a big plate with food will make it more tempting for you to finish everything on that plate. Fill half your plate with veggies, a quarter with your choice of protein, and the remaining quarter, which should be around a spoonful or two maximum, with your choice of side whether rice, pasta, or potato. By doing so, you get to eat the carbs you crave in moderation and without feeling guilty.
4. Schedule your meals.
Scheduling your meals is one of the best ways to curb your appetite. It helps you stay committed to what you eat and when, plus, it is better for your metabolism. Have 3 big main meals that include all the nutrients your body needs and add a small and healthy snack or two in between. Also, it is important to eat at the same time every day.
5. Keep moving.
We know how difficult it can be to maintain an active lifestyle and keep moving in winter. But as winter calls for more eating and a lot of comfort food like carbs and desserts, it is important that you keep your body moving. It doesn’t have to be a full workout if it is difficult for you. A 15-minute walk or jog can still do the job. You will fight laziness while at the same time burn those extra calories you gain from days you eat in a more relaxed manner.
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