8 Ways to Lose Weight During The Christmas Holiday

Christmas. This is probably the most dreaded word in any dieters dictionary. With all those sweets around the house, not to mention the nightly eggnog toasts, it’s no wonder that most people put on a minimum of ten pounds over the holidays. There are some ways that you can actually lose weight during the Christmas holidays and I am going to show you how.

1. Do not be afraid of your hunger pangs

hunger-pangsIf you’ve spent months eating whatever you like whenever you like then you probably have not felt really hungry in a long time. It’s very easy to forget how you feel when you experience those gnawing feelings of hunger. So, when you first change your eating habits, you will no doubt feel very uncomfortable when you begin to experience these feelings again. In fact, you’ll probably find yourself reaching for that bag of Oreo’s pretty quickly. Though many fad diets promise you that you’ll never experience feelings of hunger, this is a completely unrealistic claim. Have faith. When you first begin a new way of eating food, it is very normal to experience hunger pangs. They will go away in time. Probably much sooner than you might have expected. Just be patient and learn to cope with them differently. It’s all a matter of perspective.

The key to coping with hunger pangs is to learn how to recognize them and not be scared by them. Then once you realized what you’re feeling, you need to learn different (and new!) ways to cope with them. So, instead of viewing them as something that is negative, try to think of them in a positive way. Don’t you actually feel good to feel hungry for a change and look forward to your next meal? Another new way to cope with hunger pangs is to spend some time rating them on a scale from 1 to 10 where a rating of 1 means you are fully satiated and a rating of 10 means you are on the brink of starvation. You should only reach for some kind of snack if your rating is at least a 7 or more.

2. Eat breakfast like a King (and don’t ever skip it)

So, in the interest of flogging a dead horse, yes, I know you’ve been told this or read this a million times. The biggest problem with your skepticism is that it is 100% completely true. Skipping breakfast is SO not a good idea because you are setting yourself to fight hunger the whole rest of day. Eating a good breakfast which contains some serious protein such as in the form of two eggs or a bowl of Greek yogurt is THE best way to start your day. One study at the University of Leeds proved that people who skip breakfast almost always eventually lose control over their resistance to their hunger pangs and will snack on just about anything within reach.

3. Eat lots of fiber

The easiest way to do this is to change all the “white” things in your diet for things that are “brown” instead. So, you will need to definitely ditch stuff like bagels, farine spaghetti and white bread. It also means you will also probably have to lose your favorite breakfast cereal if you like to eat things like cornflakes.

The reason for doing this is that high-fiber foods help combat against hunger. Why? The first reason is that high-fiber foods usually take much longer to chew before you can swallow. This means you will take longer to eat your meals and you will give your brain time to realize that you have eaten enough and are, consequently, full. You’ll be less likely to eat too much.

Another reason is that fiber works like sponge in your stomach and absorbs water. But, by far, the best reason is because fiber takes longer to digest which means that the feeling of fullness will last longer. Usually through until it is time to eat again.

4. Choose foods that are low on the glycemic-index

When you eat foods that are lower on the glycemic index, it means that they will release sugar into your bloodstream at a much slower rate than other foods. Again, this will leave you feeling more satisfied from your meal for a longer period of time. Eating a snack which is on the low end of the glycemic index will keep your blood sugar more stable and will help you maintain better control over your appetite over a longer period of time. Foods with low glycemic index ratings are things like oatmeal, nuts, whole wheat bread and fruit.

5. Pick up lots of protein

Scrambled-EggsEating protein will definitely help you feel full for a longer period of time. Protein can be found in meat like chicken and fish. It is also found in eggs and cottage cheese as well as other hard cheeses. Having some tuna on top of your salad at lunch time will be more than enough to help  you feel full until dinner.

6. Start your day off with an egg

Again, this is tied to protein. Eggs are a great source of protein. Just two eggs in the morning will hold you until lunchtime. Guaranteed. A study carried out at the Rochester Center for Obesity found that people who ate two eggs for breakfast were able to prevent hunger so much that they were able to reduce their overall intake of calories by 400. Not bad for two little eggs! Female participants in the study found that they ate smaller portions at lunchtime after eating two eggs for breakfast.

7. Eat a little more slowly

You may not know this but our brains need about twenty minutes before they register the signal from the stomach that we are full.

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This is true no matter how much or how little you actually consume. So, if you eat more slowly, you will almost certainly feel full by the time you’ve eaten half of what everyone else at the table has eaten.

8. Don’t forget to quench your thirst

It’s sometimes a good thing to try to figure out if you’re hungry or just plain thirsty. It’s easy to confuse the two feelings and fill up our plates before we really know what’s what. If you’re at a dinner or even a Christmas party, you can always opt for some sparkling water. The bubbles will help your stomach feel full!