After your body contouring procedure you will be tempted with hundreds of holiday flavors that make your taste buds beg for more. But following a healthy diet integrated with exercise programs will successfully keep your new figure intact. We do not wish to sound like a drill sergeant and restrain you from all the joys of the holidays, but the importance of a healthy lifestyle is the difference between failure and success.
The purpose of body contouring is to create a smaller stomach and when you mix in processed, unhealthy and larger meals the stomach will stretch and leave fat to do its damage to your body again. There are some fats that are good for our body, but it is about knowing which fats are good for the body. Stick to the good fats and avoid the bad this holiday season.
You can make better choices in food are at the dinner table, so start thinking of a healthy eating plan to help you celebrate your weight loss the smart way. Here are a few ideas you could follow to keep the bad foods out and good foods in.
Eat Your Healthy Servings Before the BIG Dinner
Prepare yourself for the battle of temptation by cooking your own healthy Thanksgiving dinner and fill your stomach beforehand. This is the best control patients have over their cravings since the stomach can only allow smaller and healthier portions.
Take Only a Bite, Not the Whole Slice
People associate overeating with the holiday season, but when you are on a strict diet that is out of the question. The average person on Thanksgiving consumes over 3,000 calories in one meal, and many others go beyond that. As long as you curb your cravings to a small sample, a fork-sized portion, of holiday flavors that are appealing your diet will not suffer. After touring the dinner table, sink in to the healthier options of fruit and vegetables.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is wise to replace unhealthy eating habits with healthy habits. Eat slowly, eat only when truly hungry and plan meals in advance to ensure whole foods are being consumed in every meal.
Save a Plate for Later
There are hundreds of choices of baked goods, meats, and vegetables to try, but if you are already full you cannot be rude to your hosts by avoiding all the food they prepared. Be courteous and take some of the healthy choices with you, even if you know you are just going to be throwing out the bad trans fats take a plate home with you.
Bring Your Own Side Dish for Everyone and Yourself to Enjoy
We know how difficult it is to be around all the bad foods on Thanksgiving and Christmas, so do yourself and everyone a favor by bringing your own dish. Plenty of fat-free and sugar-free recipes are at your fingertips. Try out your hand in making:
- Thin-sliced Herbed Pork Medallions (Substitute for ham)
- Cilantro Fish Stew (Substitute for broccoli cheese or mushroom soup)
- Tomato Couscous (Substitute for potato salad)
- Pineapple smoothies (Substitute for pumpkin cheesecake)
Holiday Fatteners to Avoid
We know you cannot say no to everything your host offers, but there are hundreds of holiday fatty and sugary foods we need to avoid. Processed foods are the most damaging to everyone, so politely pass for whole foods. Other foods to avoid include:
- Trans and saturated fats – butter, baked goods and full dairy
- Salty foods – chips, corn bread and potatoes
- Sugars – pies, soda, cranberry juice
- Alcohol – beer, liquor, wine and mixed drinks
Now that you are ready to make healthy choices on the holidays, get out there and celebrate your new wholesome body. The only way to maintain your diet is by making smarter choices. Following a holiday eating plan is the best choice you can provide yourself with. Avoid the fattening foods and sugar products and enjoy your serving of healthy dishes to keep the fat away for good.