Punch bowls filled with sugary booze, the comforting smell of cinnamon buns, those little buns in pastry blankets – the holidays are filled with dozens of tiny temptations that, when piled together, can lead to big gains (the kind that lead to tight pants).
This three-pronged survival plan will show you simple, easy-to-implement strategies for enjoying the holidays – without the New Year’s hangover.
Look, it’s okay to let loose at a holiday event. Forget about counting calories. Just focus on a few simple changes to limit your intake so you don’t succumb to a festivity-induced food coma.
1 KILL THE BUZZ
We know the party is late, but don’t guzzle an energy drink. People in a Northern Kentucky University study who drank alcohol mixed with a caffeinated beverage had a greater desire to drink more alcohol than those who had a decaf cocktail. A Red Bull has 110 calories. A shot of liquor? About 100. You do the math.
2 EAT IN PEACE
People who ate while listening to loud noise consumed around 49 percent more food than those who were able to hear themselves chew, a Brigham Young University study found. The researchers dubbed this the “crunch effect.” Apparently, the sound of chewing may help your brain identify how much you’re eating.
3 WINE LESS
If you have the option at the party, choose a sma