Fall is a wondrous time and a favorite season for many due to the changing foliage and perfectly-temperate weather. It is also a time when many on weight loss diets can unintentionally derail their efforts. Here, learn about fall events that can contribute to weight gain if you aren’t extra mindful.
Fall is arguably the last festival season before the weather turns frigid. Community happenings typically feature plenty of food and beverage items linked to weight gain, such as stout beers, pumpkin pie, and Halloween candy. Avoid temptation by enjoying a satisfying meal full of fiber and protein before you attend fall festivals so you stay full and therefore less likely to consume high-fat, high-calorie street food and beer.
Costume parties pepper the month of October and typically feature bowls of candy everywhere you turn. Rather than grabbing fistfulls of sweet treats at every opportunity, eat a satiating meal and watch how much alcohol you consume. Libations lower inhibitions to make poor food choices more likely. And since the body recognizes alcohol as a toxin, it slows your metabolism while getting rid of it. This means the food in your stomach is more likely to be stored as fat than burned as fuel.
Halloween night provides another temptation in the form of candy, especially if you don’t get many trick-or-treaters. Avoid eating candy late into the night by choosing sweets you don’t care for to give out. Even if you have leftovers, you’ll be less likely to indulge.
Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season and a day laden with high-fat fare. Feel free to eat what you want on this day; however, you can still get a workout in before the meal prep or visits to family members’ home starts. Also fill up on high-fiber, low-calorie veggies so you aren’t as tempted to consume a second serving of mac ‘n cheese among other comfort foods.