How To Avoid CNY Weight Gain

The festive season is all about celebrating, togetherness and a little bit of indulging… in moderation! Here are a few easy tips to help you avoid Chinese New Year season weight gain.

Divert Your Attention

Many people forget that there’s more to a holiday party than food, Goldberg tells WebMD. “Don’t look at the party as just a food event,” she says. “Enjoy the company. Focus on something other than food.”

Chatting is a great diversion, whether you’re at a small family dinner or a large gathering. Take your mind off of food and focus on the conversation.

Pace Yourself

Have you ever tried telling yourself you’ll only eat during the first half hour of the house visit? This strategy is a mistake. If you cram in as much as you can in half an hour, you chew faster.

Chewing more slowly will fill you up with less food.

Choose your nibbles wisely

Natural baked nuts bring much taste and enjoyment to the palate and health benefit, while sugar loaded CNY goodies do not.

Savour the experience of eating healthy food and snacks occasionally rather than stuffing your face with high-fat and high-sugar snacks.

Stop the “all or nothing” attitude to dieting

Rather than mentally writing off the next four weeks in terms of your food intake and activity patterns, think like a thin person. Enjoy good-quality, tasty treats in controlled amounts, but balance them with nutritious foods including soup, seafood and fresh fruits.

Look as the time off over this period as an excuse to move your body more and you will be well on your way to a fitter and healthier you.

Don’t go to family gathering hungry

A common mistake is overindulging on high-fat pastries and goodies while waiting for the main meal to arrive. Avoid overeating by ensuring you do not arrive at your relative’s  or friend’s house starving.

Have a filling snack 60 to 90 minutes before you go, such as apple, cheese, wholegrain crackers or  a handful of nuts.

Keep active!

Yes, the festive season can be quite relaxing but keeping active either through your HYPOXI Training, going for a walk,  or even walking km’s around the shopping centres, every little bit helps!