Don't Spend Your Holidays Counting Calories


Holiday Diet

After indulging on too many tantalizingly delicious holiday treats, you might be contemplating how to get your diet back on the right track. If you want to lose some serious weight, you may be planning on counting every calorie that you put into your mouth from now to the New Year. Unfortunately, for many people struggling to lose weight, this method is fraught with problems and can lead to vicious cycle of failed diets.

Attempting to count every calorie you consume takes much effort. Imagine trying to converse with your family during dinner while anxiously adding up the calories on your plate. Or, picture yourself sitting in the corner at an office party racking your brain to come up with a calorie count for the Hors d'oeuvres before sauntering over to the buffet line. This type of extreme attention to numbers and detail is not only burdensome, it's also impractical. You might be able to sustain this way of living long enough to lose a few pounds, but if you work full time and take care of a growing family, you probably don't have time to spend time each day keeping track of calorie counts. To make matters worse, in order to keep the weight off permanently, you would need to count calories for the rest of your life.

For some people, counting calories is also unhealthy. For instance, some dieters may end up consuming unwanted amounts of sugar, salt, and fat-laden high calorie food. When their allotted calories for the day are spent before dinner, they might decide to skip this important meal of the day. Skipping meals will probably cause them to feel defeated, hungry, and irritable. Instead of meticulously counting calories, you should instead focus on eating an assortment of natural healthy foods every day.

Consuming lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and whole grain products will help you get your weight back on track. The lower calorie counts and high water content of colorful fruits and vegetables allow you to eat until you're full instead of munching until you reach a calorie quota. So, ditch your calculator in favor of real healthy foods and enjoy your holidays.

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