With the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, we have a tendency to skip meals, eat between meals or overeat as we go from one store to another and then one party to another, after it is all done. Helen Bond, a dietitian says we “take in an extra 500 calories a day over Christmas.”
The holidays are festive times where we strive to make food look and taste as appetizing as possible, to the extent where we try to offer everyone’s favorite treat. Everything is nicely decorated and there is an abundance of sweet and fatty foods which entice us to eat more and more. For this reason, if we want to avoid gaining too much weight, we need to have a strategy and be more aware of how we are tempted to eat a copious amount of food which is damaging to our health.
If by chance we should overindulge before Christmas, we can always eat a light breakfast the next day. (A light breakfast does not include pizza!). Drinking a healthy protein shake instead of eating a meal is one good way to lose the extra pounds.
Therefore, it would be wise to ensure that there is a container of protein shake mix and your favorite fruit and nuts to add to the shake in your kitchen. It is important to have your favorite fruit and nuts to stir up the desire for the shake. The nutritious protein shake contains vitamins and minerals which the body needs in order to function properly.
Carrying healthy snacks with us as we are shopping will help some of us to avoid dropping into the local coffee shop or restaurant for a calorie packed snack. We can carry fruit, nuts, or protein snacks which will help curb our hunger. James Krieger, a nutritionist says, “ A high protein intake will increase the calories you burn each day by 80-100 calories, compared to a normal protein intake.”
In conclusions, eating more protein will curb our hunger and help to burn the excess holiday calories.