During the holidays we consume about 10,000 extra calories per week. For most of us 10,000 calories a week means weight gain, tight clothes, and bulging bellies. Just the thought of 10,000 calories can cause weight gain, but, consuming it is even worse! Doubling your daily caloric intake can lead to more than just weight gain. Consuming twice your daily food intake takes a heavy toll on your liver, gallbladder, kidneys, digestive system and most of all, your metabolism. We consume three to four times the digestible food portions, and triple the amount of digestible proteins, fats and carbohydrates, which in return leads to not only weight gain, but, fat deposits in the liver and gallbladder, intestinal blockages, and a sluggish metabolism. Some reports claim that kidney and urinary tract infections are at their peak during the holiday’s due to the bacteria found in party foods, ingesting your body weight in sugars, such as sweets and alcohol and lack of fluids. Don’t be a victim of your own demise and avoid the holiday twenty and those unnecessary trips to the emergency room by following these simple tricks:
- The human stomach is the size of two fists, devouring more than your stomach will delay your body’s natural ability to digest the foods. Undigested food can cause bowel blockage, bloating, gas, ingestion, and inflammation in the abdominal cavity. Eating smaller portions, but more frequently will not only increase your metabolism, but will prevent that added weight gain around the waist-line. Your stomach can only digest about a salad plate worth of food at a time. Wait about an hour in between each salad plate portion before refilling your plate. This will allow you to decipher if you are actually hungry or if you are just socially eating.
- Sugar is our frienemy. All those holiday treats and cocktails are loaded with unwanted calories. One sliver of Cheesecake can add about 350 calories to your daily intake. A glass of wine can add about 150 calories. Limit yourself to a two drink maximum, or a small slice of cake or pie. You get one or the other, not both! Consuming both per one setting can equate to eating a Big Mac in fat and in calories. Sugar causes an imbalance in our glycemic index, thus, puts our bodies in fat preservation mode. Not to mention, consuming high amounts of sugar slows the metabolism and weakens our immune system.
- Salt is also known as the devil in disguise, and is the root of all evil. Most of our traditional holiday foods are a walking salt mine. Salt has a negative impact on our hearts, thyroid and kidneys. High volumes of sodium can result in dehydration, swelling in the face, legs and ankles and can also cause abdominal distension. Snacking on cucumbers and drinking lemon water will help you absorb the additional sodium intake. Lemon is a natural diuretic, replacing your morning Starbucks with lemon water will keep your holiday wardrobe fitting and it will also keep your face looking thinner for those holiday selfies!
- Last but not least, exercise, exercise, and exercise! A simple walk around the block nightly can help you burn those additional calories, and help you decompress the stress of the holidays.