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3 Tips to Help You Avoid Overindulging During the Holidays

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

how to avoid holiday weight gainThe holiday season is once again upon us. As we all know, the holidays offer a good opportunity to catch up with friends and loved ones, attend festive parties — and overindulge in delicious foods. This year, the team at Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton shares the following three tips to help you avoid overindulging while navigating the holiday party circuit, so your New Year’s resolution does not have to be “to lose all the weight I gained over the holidays.”

Break the Fast

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet so many people skip breakfast as they rush out the door each morning. Skipping breakfast is a crucial mistake because it increases the likelihood of overeating later in the day, especially when attending a holiday soirée full of cheesy appetizers and rich desserts. In addition, missing out on a hearty breakfast can leave you feeling sluggish, make it hard to concentrate and diminish your willpower. All this makes you more prone to making bad food choices as the day wears on. So, break the fast with a meal containing lean protein and whole grains, which will give you the energy you need to focus on making healthy food choices and keep you feeling full longer.

Steer Clear of Crash Diets

Everyone wants to look fabulous in their holiday party attire. Nevertheless, the best way to achieve this goal is to exercise regularly and eat well-portioned, well-balanced meals several times throughout the day. Specifically, lifting weights can help build lean muscle mass, which will burn more calories throughout the day, even while you are resting, than fat mass does. In addition, eating smaller, nutritious meals more often throughout the day will keep your metabolism going and your blood sugar levels stable.

Although crash dieting (i.e., cutting too many calories from your daily intake or eating only specific foods) may help individuals lose weight quickly in the short run, crash dieters tend to lose muscle mass instead of fat, which will eventually take a toll on the metabolism. Also, crash dieters usually regain the weight they lost once they try to get back to their regular eating habits — plus some.

Follow the Rainbow

When confronted with a plethora of holiday food options, choose wisely. One helpful rule of thumb is to eat living foods in all the colors of the rainbow. Living foods, such as fruits and raw vegetables, contain fiber to help you feel satiated as well as a substantial amount of water, so you stay hydrated. In addition, eating a fruit or veggie in every color of the rainbow helps ensure you are getting a wide variety of vital vitamins and nutrients. Not to mention, your plate will look pretty!

Need Assistance Looking Your Best for the Holidays?

If you already follow these tips but still have localized deposits of fat that are resistant to your healthy lifestyle efforts, you might want to consider having liposuction with Dr. Rafael Cabrera. Liposuction is an appropriate treatment option for individuals who are at or slightly above their ideal body weight, but have bothersome fatty “problem areas.” Also, advances in liposuction techniques, such as the use of laser energy in liposuction, contribute to shorter downtimes, so you can look great in your little black dress sooner.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Cabrera to learn more about your cosmetic surgery treatment options, contact Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton by calling (561) 393-6400.