Watch your eating habits during the holidays

November 5, 2008 by  

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The cold season is here and we can see what’s coming. No, I am not referring to winter and snow. I am talking about the holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year. Good food, calories and cholesterol. Good for the tummy, bad for the heart. Here are a few tips as what to pay attention to during this season of festivities and parties:

Eat slowly

The term “fast food” certainly has a double meaning, both not necessarily good for our health. This study by Japanese researchers indicates that the faster you eat, the more pounds you gain. People who eat faster than usual have the tendency to be overweight than those who eat at normal speed. Fast-eating men are 84% more likely to be overweight. Fast-eating women are 50% more likely to be overweight. The reason behind this is the signalling system in the between the tummy and the brain. Once the tummy is full, it sends a message to brain that says “Stop eating!” However, when you wolf down your food, the tummy gets filled too fast and even gilled overfilled before it can send the “stop” signal. The best strategy, therefore, is chew, enjoy, don’t rush and give the food a chance to settle in your tummy.

Do not eat till your tummy is full

The same study also observed that people who habitually eat till they feel fully satisfied also tend to be overweight. The same principle works here – there is usually a time delay between the signal sent by the tummy to the brain and the actual status of tummy content. Don’t overwork your tummy – give it a break and listen to what it says.

The study concludes that

Eating until full and eating quickly are associated with being overweight in Japanese men and women, and these eating behaviours combined may have a substantial impact on being overweight.”

Weekend and holiday treats

Holidays and weekends are the times when you gain the most number of pounds. Experts therefore are warning to people to watch the portions you eat. Concentrate on the social part of the festivities to take your mind off the goodies. That doesn’t mean to say you have to drink more and eat less. On the contrary, drinking on an empty tummy is not good for your health. Yes, a little bit of alcohol may be good for your health. But never forget – alcohol contains a lot of sugar!

Yes, ‘tis the season to party and be jolly but also to keep healthy.

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