5 ways to watch your weight this Christmas
Make better choices
1. Eat as per normal during the holidays
Make sure you have breakfast and lunch in order to feel fuller for longer, especially when it's time to indulge at your Christmas dinner. Don't avoid the day meals thinking you're saving calories for the evening. It's a recipe for disaster.
2. Keep a balanced diet and eat as much protein as possible
Jump first on that turkey and make sure to control your carbs and dessert intake. Instead of a potato salad, go for sweet potato mash or cauliflower rice.
3. Make smarter choices when it comes to drinking
Avoid Christmas cocktails as these are calorie bombs and laden with sugar. Stay away from sweet sodas with your spirits, and stick to wine or vodka soda instead.
4. Squeeze in a quick cardio workout on the treadmill
A 45-minute walk at 5.5km/hr speed and 15% inclination will burn those extra calories. The best time to do a workout is on an empty stomach right after you wake up. It's called fasted cardio — try it for effective results.
5. Bring a healthy dish to share
There's no better way to stay in shape than whipping up your own healthy dish. Choose a low-carb, sugar-free cranberry sauce for the protein dishes, or prepare a vegetable medley with a mix of brussels sprouts, tempeh croutons, and carrots — certain to be a crowd pleaser.
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