Even if you think that you have self-control, the allure of the festive season can be very difficult to resist. Keeping on right track can be a daunting task, especially when you are being surrounded with mouthwatering foods and delicious desserts. When the New Year come, the vast majority of people who are already plagued with overweight or obesity problem and people who are immersed in fitness or weight loss program just gained more weight. Then the cycle of making New Year resolution continues.

Elisa Zied, RD, who happens to be the author of Nutrition at Your Fingertips said that, “You can have fun without throwing away your healthy habits.” Feel free to see our 15 rules for a guiltless holiday season. You can still get the most of the Yuletide season without the added weight.

Weigh yourself two times a week

By monitoring your weight twice a week you will be assured that you are always on the right track. Check your weight in the morning but see to it that you will do it with empty stomach.

Rev up your day with an exercise

As per study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, daily exercise can aid you have a better behavior. Working out in the morning can help ensure better behavior the rest of the day.

Pouncing on brain scans, the research team discovered that women who worked out in the morning, responded less to images of tempting food compared with the days they didn’t plunged in a morning exercise.

Be choosy

Tim Church, MD, a professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University and an obesity expert suggest that you need to examine the buffet prior to loading your plate with foods to discern what you don’t want.
Dr. Church said, “If you pick the stuff you really want and have it in moderation.” He added, “You’ll stave off those cravings that can get you in trouble later on.”

Always say the magical word “no”desserts

Self-control is a must and you should never waver in refraining from dessert at the party.

Avoid calories

Tanya Zuckerbrot, RD, author of The Miracle Carb Diet said that, “It’s easy to get out of control when you’re faced with high-calorie choices.” Just opt for lots of fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains to keep you satiated.

Focus on your workouts

Always have focus. Dr. Church said that, “Even just 15 minutes can help you maintain your fitness level,” If you will find a hard time attending to your workout, try to be more creative. You can jump rope for 15 minutes, have quick rounds of yoga or engage in an activity to burn calories. Your consistency in burning calories will get you on the right track at all times.

The three-bite rule

Always remember the three-bite rule if you can’t resist eating a dessert. Zuckerbrot said, You’ll get that amazing first taste, a satisfying middle one, and then a lingering third bite.”

Refrain from morning-after food
Enjoy your party to the hilt but don’t forget to send guests home with a Tupperware that is filled with (leftover) food. No food in sight leads to zero temptation.

How to boost your self-control

Use this tried and tested trick: Place the thumb and fingers of your hand onto your forehand, ½ inch apart. Then each finger one after the other, once per second, while saying to yourself, “Hold on.” Get yourself glued with other tasks making phone calls, checking email, etc, and all of a sudden the craving will fade away.

Cut back on diet soda

Drinking diet soda can just give rise to belly bloat.

Opt for fruits and veggies to get hydrated

If you have hard time drinking eight glasses of water a day, you may opt for eating more fruits and vegetables to keep you hydrated all day long.

Drink peppermint tea

A recent study discovers that peppermint can aid in calm stomach muscles and reduce gas. Not a tea fan, try chamomile.

Chew slowly

Keep in mind that eating fast could lead to added weight. If you chew foods slowly, “The more air you swallow, the more bloated you’ll get,” says Taub-Dix.

Eat food that is in abundance of potassium

Potassium offsets sodium and helps you retain less water in your body. Foods that are rich in potassium include bananas, papayas, kiwis, strawberries, and cantaloupe.

Keep calm and steer clear from cravings

When tempting foods are in sight always have deep breaths before loading your plate. Research hints that women who take advantage of stress reduction techniques are able to avoid weight gain. Close your eyes and just concentrate on the foods that you would like to pick or not for 30 seconds

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