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December 2011
20 Ways to Survive the Season!!
Vidya Singh
Survive by eating right!
  • Do try to avoid fried and highly salted munchies and starters like cashew nuts, almonds, etc., as they are not just high calorie, but the salt causes water retention and bloating.
  • Snack at home before heading out, as this will curb your hunger pangs.

  • Eat slowly as it will aid in digestion.
  • Distract yourself with a book or a telephone call, to curb snacking between meals.
  • Keep the food pyramid within your peripheral awareness and try to get in some of the important food groups. For optimum benefit, try to bring in 15 percent from protein, 35–60 per cent from carbs and 30 per cent or less from fats.
  • Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals only slows down the metabolism.
  • Eat most of your carbs before 6pm as insulin is released on an Arcadian rhythm and secretions slow down after 6pm.
  • Learn to use soups as a part of your food plan; they are an excellent source of low fat nutrition.

Survive through essential liquids!
  • Drink plenty of water everyday, to flush your system of the toxins that accumulate due to excessive drinking.
  • Think before you drink, as many of the cocktails are highly sugared. Egg Nog is especially high in calories. Too much alcohol can actually cause fatigue that can last up to 12 hours.
  • Do not mix drinks.
Just Survive!
  • Brush your teeth after dinner; this sends a message to the brain -- ‘no more food’.
  • Keep a food diary for the three-week festive season – Diwali, Christmas and New Year. You will be amazed at what and how much you’ve eaten and drunk! It definitely works as a deterrent.
  • Try to catch a ‘40 winks’ nap in the afternoon, if possible. This will revive you if you are feeling sleep deprived due to too many late nights.
  • Tell your friends about how you are 'managing' through the season – it is a sure motivator for yourself.
Survive with exercise!
  • Don’t forget to work your abs everyday, as the extra eating and drinking will show up first, right there.
  • Do set a daily exercise routine and try to stick to it as far as possible.
  • After an exceptionally late night, try a morning workout, to get your system back to normal.
  • Try to keep your focus on your daily exercise routine and try to find time for it. If you have only half an hour, then go get some cardio, it will revive the system and burn some calories.
  • If bored, try a new workout regimen to motivate yourself.


    
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