Top 4 ultimate tips for staying fit over Tet Holiday
As the Tet Holiday- the Vietnamese Lunar New Year- is just around the corner, we are entering a time of year when lots of people inevitably gain some weight. There's the extra pressures of trying to get everything done in time, crowds at the shops, battling the traffic and huge expectations from families. The result? They eat and drink too much. We eat to calm those negative feelings.
Moreover, Tet Holiday is the season of good cheer, which means parties and indulging at home with all sorts of tempting treats. It's no surprise that many of us see our waistlines expand after Tet. Big C offers some helpful tips for preventing unnecessary weight gain, while still enjoying yourself.
1. Stay hydrated.
While you might think you’re hungry and craving for snacks, you may only be dehydrated. Hungry and thirst, these two sensations ride a fine line. As the same part of your brain is responsible for interpreting both hunger and thirst signals which can often result in mixed messages.
Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day during the Tet, and have a full glass before you start eating. Simply having more water in your stomach is usually a surefire way to end up eating less. Moreover, staying hydrated during the entire day will not only keep you full, but it will also flush out excess sodium, helping you get rid of the water weight that comes from a high carb, high sodium foods.
2. Fill up on salads and veggies.
If you have a variety of dishes to choose from, try to make at least half your plate salad and veggies. These choices contain very few calories and sugar but have all the good stuff you need to fill you up. Having a good helping of vegetables with your meal will also add vitamins, minerals, and fiber into your Tet meals. Start off eating vegetables first, then fill your plate with small, reasonable-sized portions of Tet favorites such as Chung Cake, Thit Kho Hot Vit, Thit Dong that only come around once a year so you can enjoy desirable, traditional foods. Enjoy and you wouldn't feel deprived!
3. Chew gum after your meal.
We all know that chewing gum after snacks and meals reduces tooth decay. If you chew gum after you have finished your meal, that minty fresh taste and the action of chewing will help you avoid going back for more food.
4. Be drink aware.
After the blanket ban on drunk driving for all types of vehicles at the end of 2019, it’s important to stay within the guidelines, particularly if you are going to be socializing more than usual. Don’t forget the calories that drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, can add. If you can, choose sugar-free drinks or water, and alternate these with any alcoholic drinks you are having.
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