Quick tips for managing that holiday weight-gain


It’s that time of year again. Holiday time. When we’re most likely to pack on a bit of weight between the Festive Season celebrations.

Everyone indulges during this time. Whether we have holiday plans or not, most of us find ourselves at parties, events and braai’s.

While you can’t say you’ll lose weight during the festive season, here are a few tips to help you manage your current weight while enjoying those delicious treats at the buffets.

Eat before the party

Apart from never knowing when food at a party will be ready, you’re more likely to make smarter food choices when you are not too hungry. Before leaving your house, try nibbling on some healthy snacks like apples and dried fruit.

Always bring a healthy dish to the party

You never really know what you’ll be eating at a shindig unless you bring your own food, right? Okay, so you don’t have to bring a whole meal, but do show up with a healthy dish. Before heading to the party, create a delicious, healthy dish using the Philips Avance Airfryer. This nifty kitchen gadget allows you to fry, grill, bake, roast and cook a wide variety of foods, using little or no oil. By combing rapid and precisely circulating hot air with an optimal temperature profile and unique ‘starfish’ design, the Philips Avance Airfryer removes up to 80% of the oil that you would have otherwise have consumed. At least you know you’ll have one thing to eat if everything else be out of bounds.

Get your blood pumping

Don’t ditch your exercise routines during the festive season. Although schedules are tight in December, try to do some exercise rather than completely stopping. Try do some home exercises or arrange get-togethers that include some heart racing elements too like hiking, playing ball at a picnic or sightseeing on foot.

Watch your alcohol intake

If you usually have about five drinks a week and then suddenly consume 12, you’re sure to add on a few kilos. Also, the kind of beverage you have determines how many calories you’ll take in. Stick to low-sugar, low-carb drinks like lite wines, fruit and vodka based cocktails, whiskey or gin and soda water.

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