Expert tips to help you stay in shape and enjoy the merry season.
By Diana Kelly Levey
Wondering how certain women seem to maintain their weight with ease during the holidays while the rest of us are white-knuckling the minefields of fattening foods at every turn? Nutritionists understand that the holidays are chock-full of eating challenges, but they often advise clients that in order to lose weight or maintain your weight during the eating season, you have to be mindful of what you’re eating, indulge in special foods you’re excited about, and stop digging in when you’re full. Here’s how nutrition experts lose weight over the holidays and face the new year without any unwanted weight gain.
Add Protein to Your Meals
There are so many delicious holiday sweets around this time of year, so it’s important to focus on adding filling protein to your meals so you feel fuller for longer,” says Gorin. If you wait till after a protein-rich meal to reach for the holiday cookies, you’re likely to eat less of them, she says! “One of my favorite ways to easily add protein to any meal are pulses, which are beans, lentils, chickpeas, and dried peas. They offer about eight grams of protein per ½ cup cooked—and you can easily puree white beans into a breakfast smoothie or roast chickpeas and use them in lieu of croutons on a salad. Other great proteins to reach for are salmon, chicken breast, and tofu, Gorin says.