The Christmas holidays are the most expected throughout the year because of the special meaning it has for families, especially Catholics. However, at this time of the year, people tend to spend too much money and eat too much food. So, today we want to give you some tips for not gaining weight at Christmas.
The lack of moderation in these celebrations can lead to body discomforts, including poor digestion, alcohol poisoning, high blood pressure, decompensation of blood glucose levels in diabetic people or even renal colic.
According to doctor Amparo Martínez Riquelme, endocrinologist of the Laser Medical Institute of Madrid, “a balanced diet is essential to avoid these disorders, firstly because it is easier to control than to exceed and then try to return to the previous routine and weight. And second, because you can lose the good habits acquired throughout the year and adopt other less healthy ones, such as snacking or drinking soft drinks”.
Likewise, he suggests that it is important to practice some physical activity, not to see exercise as an obligation but as a benefit for health. Try to go for walks during the day, even if they are short, and always try to go a little further as far as distance is concerned. Remember, small goals are easier to achieve.
Another tip for not gaining weight at Christmas is to reduce the consumption of alcoholic beverages, because alcohol is one of the main sources of calories at this time of the year, and that is present in all Christmas celebrations. For example, a glass of wine at each meal is enough, and if you are thirsty, it is better to drink water or another type of drink free from calories.
Also, Dr. Amparo Martinez Riquelme states that it is important to eat slowly and take the time to do it, chew all foods very well; each bite should be chewed at least twenty times. This must be done to promote an easier digestion and it is also important for the brain to receive the signal that you are already satisfied and therefore, you don’t need more food.
De igual forma, debe tomar como hábito beber por lo menos dos litros de agua al día, esto le ayudará a limpiar el organismo y además elimina las toxinas que sobran en él. También es de gran ayuda para que coma menos entre comidas y se recomienda que antes de cada comida tome un vaso de agua, con esto al momento de ingerir los platillos necesitará una cantidad mucho menor para quedar lleno.
Similarly, you should drink at least two liters of water a day, this will help cleanse the body and eliminate toxins from it. It is also helpful to eat less between meals and before each meal drink a glass of water. By doing this, you won’t need to eat much to feel full.
With these tips, you can rest assured that you will not have problems with your body after the holidays. You should simply take into account these recommendations and for no reason exceed the amount of food you eat during the holidays. Remember that the goal is to enjoy everything in moderation.