December 14, 2022
With December in full swing and more people attending holiday parties this year, I wanted to share a little tip with you: stop trying to bank your calories!
We all know that most holiday parties involve food. Often these are foods that you don't eat on a regular basis which means that you'll probably want to try a lot of dishes. Which is great, that's what parties are for. However, lately, I've been seeing a lot of people attempting to offset or bank calories by restricting their eating before heading to a party.
We need to stop doing this. Why? Because it's not doing what you think it's doing. Our bodies don't work like a bank account where you can save a bit here in order to overspend over there.
What actually happens when you restrict before a big meal or party:
In an attempt to save calories, we get too hungry, we end up eating more than we normally would, AND we're eating so quickly that we barely even taste or remember what we ate. Where's the fun in that?
Next time you plan to attend an event where you know there will be a lot of food, try this:
Keep in mind that you may still eat more than you normally would and that's ok. Having access to a variety of foods that you don't normally eat likely means that you want to try a bit of everything. That is normal. The benefit of not showing up to an event ravenous means that all of that food you want to try, you actually get to taste, enjoy, and decide for yourself if you want to go back for more or move onto something else.
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