Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
WEIGH TO GO
The holiday season spells indulgence.
You starved yourself for months before the New Year's bash to fit into that slinky gown. But as the holidays draw closer you can't seem to resist the treats that are laid out at every party only to entice you. Help is at hand - Nutritionist Samreedhi Goel shares with you a few tricks of the trade that will help you keep your resolve, to some extent at least!1
Go tighter and lighter:
Pick out your dress in advance. And this time break away from the norm and dare to wear white. Darker colours tend to make you look slimmer. Go a step further and pick an outfit that shows off your curves. Merely investing in a light coloured, fitted outfit for New Year's Eve will make you more likely to watch what you eat prior to the party, if only to fit into that dress!
Dine before the do: Go semiloaded. Have a small high fibre snack like a soup and a salad or a plate of fruits before you go to the party. Snacking on high fibre foods will keep you fuller for longer and will prevent you from bingeing on high calorie foods at the party. 3
Keep your diet under wraps: The minute you announce that you're on a diet, you will call attention to your eating habits. Chances are, people will tell you that you're eating way too little or that you can eat that chocolate pastry today and work it off tomorrow! So, try not to talk about your diet at all. It also helps to eat your food slowly so you don't finish way before the others. 4
Can't keep a secret? Find a
cheat buddy: If you are going to
the party and are accompanied with a diet conscious friend/spouse make a pact to keep a watch on each other. See that each of you eats only a pre-decided number of starters and drinks. If the dessert seems too tempting, share it in a single plate. Each of you can motivate the other to stick to the
Out of sight. Out of mind:
Control where you are standing. If you are positioned close to the buffet table you will, in all probability, begin snacking on the food. Therefore try to pick a spot that's not too close to the buffet table.
Exercise your right: Use
your right hand to hold on
to a glass of a fresh fruit juice or just sparkling water and sip it slowly. If your dominant hand is busy you are less likely to fill up on the starters.
Toss the empties: Once you are done eating, don't hold on to the plate. The longer you stall getting rid of your plate, the more likely you are to go in for an extra helping even if you are no longer hungry. 8
Treat yourself: When it comes to sweet treats, psychologists believe that the first three bites are all that's needed to be completely satisfied. So indulge your sweet tooth but stop at the third spoonful. 9
Alternate the alcohol: Calories from alcohol are slower to burn off. Also alcohol slows down your metabolism and does not allow the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Every alcoholic beverage you drink, follow it up with a glass of water. This will help you pace yourself and keep you hydrated too. 10
post the party: Fasting
the next day will not help you burn off the fat because when you deprive your body of essential nutrients you slow down your metabolic rate. Instead eat small sensible meals at regular intervals.
(Samreedhi Goel is a nutritionist and personal trainer who runs Sizewise, an exercise studio at Santacruz)