With the holiday season in full swing, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be challenging. Parties and social gatherings are everywhere which means there’s a lot of delicious food and temptations around us.
Some of us restrict ourselves just to stay on track with our weight loss goals during this season. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to restrict yourself to the point where you can’t enjoy anything. It’s not about deprivation, it’s all about focusing on your fitness goals and finding the right balance while enjoying the festivities.
If you need some guidance on how to stick with your body transformation routine and continue with your weight loss journey, here are some handy tips and tricks from your HYPOXI team.
Watch your portion sizes
For many of us, the holiday season is when we get together with our friends and families. And of course, if there are social gatherings, food is always present.
Practising portion control is a great way to prevent holiday weight gain. Watching your portion sizes can significantly help stop overeating and eliminate excess calories in your diet.
Start by skipping dinner plates and opt for salad or smaller plates instead. You can also use your plate as a portion guide to limit your total food intake. Visualize and divide your plate into sections based on different food groups. For instance, half of your plate should have vegetables and fruits, a quarter for protein and the remaining portion is for carbs.
Doing this will allow you to control your intake and only eat what your body needs instead of overindulging.
Practice mindful eating
We are often in a hurry during the holiday season, leading to rushed eating and multitasking during meals. Did you know that eating when distracted can make us overeat? A study has shown that eating when you’re not paying attention to your food can produce a moderate to a large increase in food intake.
This is why it’s important to be mindful of the food you eat. Practising mindful eating can promote better digestion and it can also help avoid unhealthy habits around food.
To help you relax, do simple breathing exercises before eating. This practice allows you to keep your full attention on your plate and get your digestive system ready to process the food.
Acknowledging what’s on your plate is also helpful. Look at the colours and textures of your food. As you chew, try to identify all the ingredients and savour the experience. Using all your senses will help you enjoy your food more and create awareness of how these foods affect your body.
Prepare healthy dishes
Some of us consider Christmas and year-end events like our “cheat days.” However, if you really want to stay on track with your weight loss goals this season, you still need to moderate your food intake and eat healthy meals.
If you’re going to cook food for parties, try to make everything from scratch and modify the ingredients to make them healthier. For instance, instead of using butter and margarine, use coconut oil. If you plan to serve rice and mashed potatoes, why not make a healthier version using cauliflower.
You can also make a spiced trail mix if you’re looking to serve some healthy snacks for your guests. It’s easy to make and great for gifting when packed in a mason jar. Check out the recipe below.
Spiced Trail Mix
Number of servings: 12
Calories: 318 cal per serving
- 1 cup macadamia nuts
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 2 tbs pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbs sunflower seeds
- 2 tbs coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 180C then line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Roughly chop the macadamias, almonds and pecans. Add them to a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine thoroughly.
- Place the mixture on the baking tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the mix is golden in colour.
- Watch the nuts carefully as they can burn quickly.
- Remove from the oven. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container. This recipe makes 12 portions so you may like to divide the mixture into individual portions so you don’t accidentally overindulge if eating on a HYPOXI day.
If you want to see more HYPOXI-approved recipes, get a copy of our HYPOXI Cookbook at your studio. It’s also a perfect gift for your loved ones who want to start their journey to healthy eating.
Doing everything homemade can be challenging when you have a lot of things going on. But making your party food or gift from scratch will also ensure you’re eating healthier and makes you much more aware of your food choices.
Opt for guilt-free beverages
Drinking alcoholic drinks and cocktails is one of our favourite ways to celebrate the holidays. But did you know that most of these beverages contain up to 500 calories per serving? And with all the festive food you are consuming, this is a sure-fire way to gain weight quickly.
If you’re currently losing weight, don’t worry. You don’t have to give up the cocktails just because you are trying to watch your calorie intake.
There are tons of options out there that are lower in calories and will help you celebrate the healthier way. If you want to drink something healthier, why not make your own concoctions? Check out this article where we share some fabulously light and flavourful drink ideas you can easily prepare at home.
Maintain regular exercise
This season is such a busy moment that you may feel you don’t have enough time to exercise. However, the holidays are also a high-risk time for gaining weight. So if you really want to stay on track with your body transformation journey, you need to maintain a regular exercise routine.
Planning your week is a great way to help you become more consistent with your exercise. Think about what activities you will do in the upcoming days. Then find time where you can insert at least 30-minute of exercise into your routine.
If you’re looking for a program that is effective and only requires 30 minutes per session, then HYPOXI is the perfect weight loss solution for you.
HYPOXI is a low impact exercise that is up to 3x more effective at burning stubborn fat than traditional exercise. Through our advanced vacuum and compression technology and healthy nutrition, we will help activate your body’s natural system to burn specific areas of fat and cellulite.
When you sign up for HYPOXI sessions, our HYPOXI coaches and staff will create a personalised program tailored to your fat loss goals. We will also give you tips and other resources that will help you establish healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
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