During the time of the holiday feasts and parties as well as cold weather it can happen that our motivation to keep up with our fitness and nutrition can diminish. During the last couple of months every temptation available attempts to pull us out of our routine and sabotage our bodies and results. We don’t have to give up hope, however, because it’s possible to get through all the parties and other fanfare, as well as the rich foods that can lead to putting on that typical five to ten pounds of fat during this time of year. And it’s also possible to enjoy the whole thing! One of the most important things to do during this time is to make sure that you are eating 5 small meals a day.
Because so many of the choices available during the holidays are very rich, it is difficult to resist them if you have too much of an appetite. Smaller, more frequent meals (like eating 5 times a day) increase your metabolism so that you burn more calories daily, but one of the biggest reasons is that you will never get too hungry, thus avoiding the desire to binge on the rich foods.
One of the best ways to not get too hungry if you are going to go to a party or function where rich foods are present, is to not have skipped any of the meals you should be having during the day, rather eating those several times before the actual party and thus the desire to eat will not be greater than normal. Frequently, people will skip eating their normal food intake before a party because they want to be able to eat more without penalty. The problem is that by having skipped the meals prior to the party, their metabolism goes DOWN and the appetite goes up, a bad combination for those wishing to maintain their fitness gains during the holidays.
So the most important thing to keep in mind is the absolute importance of eating frequently during the holdiay season to keep the metabolism high and the calories being burned so that when the ineveitable rich food are on the way in at those parties, the body is capable of making good choices and not overeating.