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10 Rules to Lose Weight before the Festive Season

During festive season, we tend to eat and drink more than usual. Here’s what you need to do to keep weight off or lose some during this time.

Weight Management By Himanshu Sharma / Sep 17, 2014

Eat Mindfully before/during Festivals

The festive season is just around the corner! During such a time, we tend to eat and drink more than usual. There is not a fair chance of diets working; you might see a few kilos more or an added inch or two to your waistline during festive months. Here’s what you need to do to keep weight off or lose some during this time. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Eat a Big, Healthful Breakfast

Breakfast not only gives you a head-start, but is also a great trick to lose weight or keep it off. Healthful breakfasts can help you to lose weight while staying satisfied. Your breakfast should be a mix of protein and whole grains. These help you to feel fuller and less lethargic. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Make Healthier Food Choices

One of the foremost reasons why weight-loss efforts fail during festive season is because you focus on wrong food options. No matter how you try them, wrong food choices take counting calories, cutting carbs, or pounding protein out of the equation. To counter this, boost your intake of foods that fight fat and banish those that trigger temptation. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Check Labels

Keep away from foods with any of these five ingredients – simple sugars, refined flour, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and saturated fat and trans fat. Read food labels carefully, very carefully. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Overcome Temptations

As the old adage goes – to gain something, you have to lose something. You must make a sacrifice of that after lunch cupcake, as it can make all the difference. Instead of making big dietary changes, it is a lot easier to do one item deduction. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Be Wise when Eating Out

You need to pay special attention to meals when trying to lose weight or keep it off. Start with filling foods. When you are eating out, order a large serving of soup and fill yourself up. This way, you will eat less. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Say Yes/No to These

Add fibre, raw vegetables, berries, nuts and protein to your diet and cut back on pasta, bread, sodas and packaged edibles. Small steps can make big differences. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Deal with your Cravings

There are times when you can’t resist, and you feel hungrier than a lion. You should keep a few food options ready to satisfy you when cravings get the best of you. Some of the go to foods are nuts, fruit juice, fruits and veggies. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Strength Train

It becomes easy for your metabolism to burn calories when you have more muscle mass. Don’t mix up muscle-building with aerobic exercise; but you really have to reset your metabolism. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Drink more Water

One of the great ways to counteract your hormonal reaction to food is by drinking water. When you feel hungry or tempted to a certain food, drink a glass or two of water. Always carry a water bottle with you. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Get Eight Hours of Sleep

Sleep is one of the secrets to lose weight and keep it off. Get a plenty of sleep; the longer we sleep, the more we rev up our fat-burning engines. Not getting enough sleep can disturb leptin and ghrelin hormones which control hunger and satiety. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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