Dr. Mehmet Oz answered:
Holidays are some of the hardest times to control cravings and stick to your diet plans. With buffets and delicious baked goods, the temptations are prevalent. But there are some things you can do to curb your appetite and make sure you don't over eat when party time comes. First, eat breakfast EVERY morning. It has been shown to prevent overeating later in the day, which could save you tons of calories in the end.
Second, choose your foods wisely at every meal, whether it's a buffet or a family dinner. Fill your plate with low-calorie foods such as leafy green salads, vegetable dishes, and lean proteins. These will keep you full for fewer calories, plus they have tons of powerful vitamins and nutrients that will keep you healthy. It's okay to occasionally indulge in the richer dishes, like mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, but make sure to take just enough to curb your craving.
Third, before a cocktail party have an apple or some other fiber-rich, low calorie snack. That way, you won't be hungry when you show up to the party and will be less tempted to indulge in the high-calorie appetizers. Another tip, make sure to stand at least an arm's length away from the appetizers at all times and carry a drink in your hands to cut down on mindless munching. Finally, when you don't want to snack any more, pop a sugar-free mint in your mouth. The minty flavor will prevent you from eating more.Holidays are some of the hardest times to control cravings and stick to your diet plans. With buffets and delicious baked goods, the temptations are prevalent. But there are some things you can do to curb your appetite and make sure you don't over... More
Amaris Noguera answered:
We've all heard the well-meaning tips before: avoid standing near the food table, beware of the calories in your beverage, or don’t skip meals leading up to a festive dinner. But often times the best things you can do to curb your appetite have nothing to do with what you eat. Here are some areas to pay attention to that might make more of a difference in your appetite than you might think:
- Prioritize Sleep: Too little sleep affects our hormone levels- including hormones that control appetite. These hormone imbalances, along with the tendency to overeat in our search for energy, are some of the reasons why lack of sleep is linked to weight gain. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep nightly.
- Maintain A Positive Mindset: Many of us start off thinking we shouldn’t even bother trying to eat healthy over the holidays. This year, plan ahead and make your goal weight maintenance. If you overindulge one day, don’t let it define the rest of your week, pick up where you left off and make the healthier choice.
We've all heard the well-meaning tips before: avoid standing near the food table, beware of the calories in your beverage, or don’t skip meals leading up to a festive dinner. But often times the best things you can do to curb... More
- Do Something Active Everyday: Exercising releases “feel-good” hormones which are essential in the midst of holiday stress. Scheduling your 30 minutes of exercise daily will also help you burn off calories from the holiday treats you’ll be nibbling on. If you find yourself stressed and mindlessly eating, take a walk or practice some meditative yoga to replace an unhealthy habit, with a stress-relieving one.