The idea of losing weight over the holidays may seem difficult. However, the average American only gains approximately 1 pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Don’t be discouraged if the scale shows that you gained 4 pounds. Body weight fluctuates and scales are not as accurate as you might think. If we only gain a pound or two, it should be easier than we think to lose weight over the holidays.
Focus on protein
Load your plate with proteins like Turkey or ham and eat them first. By doing this you’ll avoid overeating unhealthy carbohydrates. If you think about most holiday dinners, carbs like potatoes, breads, and stuffing can lead to the most dramatic weight gain. Eating protein fills you up and makes it easier to limit your carbs.
Watch your liquid calories
Alcoholic beverages tend to have more calories than you might imagine. Too much alcohol can also lead to poor decision-making. Whenever possible, drink lots of water. Water, like protein, fills you up and helps you to make healthy portion, and food choices.
Give yourself permission to graze throughout the day. Eating more often, will help to raise your metabolism and burn more calories. It will also help you to avoid eating a large meal, full of unhealthy food. In fact, bringing a healthy snack like almonds with you to the family dinner, will keep you feeling full.
Eating more fiber-based foods also helps keep you full while limiting your caloric intake. Your motto should be, “everything in moderation”. Desserts are hard to avoid, but need not be your enemy, if you Limit how much you have.
Get a good night’s rest
Partying and drinking alcohol can disrupt your normal sleep patterns. Not getting enough sleep can lower your metabolism and make you feel hungrier. Prioritizing sleep can help you avoid weight gain.
Pick an exercise you enjoy and find time to do it periodically during the week. Even something as simple as walking after dinner can help you to lose weight. The key is to have realistic expectations about how often you will exercise. By doing this, you set yourself up for success.
Hypnotherapy to lose weight over the holidays
Hypnotic trance is not mind control or sleep. It is a relaxing experience that helps tap into the part of your mind that controls your automatic responses, including cravings. Clients are aware and awake as the unconscious mind responds to positive suggestions related to weight reduction. Patients typically feel rested and refreshed when they open their eyes and emerge from hypnotic trance.
Hypnotherapy is a natural way to control your cravings and automatically make healthy portion choices. Put simply, in hypnotic trance, the mind is programmed to stop eating when you feel full. It also eliminates any unhealthy emotional eating. It can prevent you from eating due to stress, loneliness, boredom, or anxiety. Eating healthy portions of healthy foods becomes your default setting. Take steps now to lose weight over the holidays, including utilizing hypnosis.