Tip 1: Drink a large glass of water before each meal.
Drink one glass of water 30 minutes before a meal to help digestion.
- Numerous studies have shown that drinking water before meals can result in consuming fewer calories at those meals, which can ultimately lead to weight loss.
- It can also help your skin. While drinking water before each meal may not be the equivalent of drinking from the fountain of youth, it certainly can help to improve rough, dry skin that is all too common this time of year, which can be worsened by dehydration.
- It can help increase your energy level. Research has shown that even slight dehydration can cause a drop in energy levels. It makes sense as water is crucial for nearly every system of your body to function properly.
Tip #2: Avoid drinking soft drinks and fruit juices.
Avoid drinking empty calories. People who drink sugary beverages do not feel as full as if they had eaten the same calories from solid food, and studies show that people consuming sugary beverages don’t compensate for their high caloric content by eating less food.
Tip #3: Cut out sugary carbs. Cakes, cookies, and bread.
If sugary desserts are part of your daily plan, cutting them out can save you as much as 500 calories per day! However, not having dessert may feel too strict, and you may do better with a dessert swap, try for a small bowl of berries with a tsp of yogurt on top.
Tip #4: Reduce alcohol intake.
Try to avoid drinking too much at holiday parties. Try sipping on a glass of water or club soda between alcohol drinks.
Tip #5: Don’t eat between meals.
Try to avoid overeating between meals. I know there is a lot more food around, more temptations at this time of year. I suggest keeping a water bottle with you. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Tip #6: Take 10 minutes to yourself every day.
Meditate, sit quietly. Remember to take some time for yourself each day. Take time to sit quietly and balance yourself.