10 ways to avoid overeating this Xmas

ZOE BINGLEY-PULLIN
Last updated 05:00 17/12/2013
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WISE OPTION: Fill up on healthy fruits and veges so that you don't overindulge in higher calorie options.

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The classic post-Christmas lunch snapshot: lying on the couch, groaning but still making regular trips to the fridge to see what leftovers you can nibble on. There's a reason why they call it the 'silly season'.

During the Christmas period we lose sight of all the hard work we put in to feel happy and healthy over the holidays.

'What's one more mince pie?' we ask ourselves. So in order to stay healthy and avoid unnecessary binge eating this Christmas, read this.

1. Eat 80/20

This is the most realistic regime that will help you maintain your weight. It involves you eating healthily 80 percent of the time and indulging 20 percent of the time.

2. Exercise daily

During the social calendar, compensate the extra calories with regular exercise. It's better to exercise in the morning as this boosts your metabolism and helps you to burn calories throughout the day.

3. Avoid overindulging in meat

Steer away from the fatty meats and glazed ham and opt for leafy greens over the holiday season. Fresh and light salads are a great Summer meal that won't leave you feeling sluggish.

4. Drink wise

Add soda water to your white wine to make it a long drink or add it to your spirit to avoid the calories of other mixers. This will also keep you hydrated and lessen the hangover the next day.

5. Walk it off

If you're with friends, family or a partner, consider walking home or taking a stroll after a party to burn off those extra calories and to sober up.

6. Be the chef

If you're in charge of the meals, try to incorporate fresh vegetables and ingredients that are high in protein - these will be filling and discourage seconds.

7. Protein hit

Before you head out the door for a social occasion make a protein smoothie or snack. This will help to avoid eating party foods that lack essential proteins, minerals and nutrients.

8. Cap the hors d'oeuvres

Appetisers appear small and harmless but it's very easy to lose count of how many you've eating and can easily spoil your appetite for the main meal. Stick to the healthier options such as prawns or fish.

9. Downsize plates

Pick a smaller plate to serve your meals onto. Filling your plate will make you think it's a larger serving than it is.

10. Just dance

Feeling full? What better way to enjoy the social occasion then by dancing with friends or colleagues as well as burning off a few extra calories.

- PopSugar

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