Weight watchers' tips to enjoy New Year's Eve spread, guilt-free

You can follow a few easy tips to ensure you eat right while enjoying the New Year spread. Photo: Shutterstock/Ground Picture

Are you worried whether the New Year celebration will interfere with your diet regime and lead to the 'holiday weight' phenomenon? There are myriad ways to ensure that you enjoy the celebration food without letting it spoil your hard work, so far. And no, they aren't too tough to follow either, so you need not feel the fear of missing out on the party. Here's how to enjoy the occasion, guilt-free.

Start your day with protein
On the party day, make sure that you have a high-protein breakfast. It will keep you fuller for long, reduce too much calorie intake later during the day by curbing your instincts to grab too much of snacks or savouries. The simple egg whites, milk products, sprout salads, almond milk chia seed puddings... there are many options you can plan to make sure your day starts with a high-protein breakfast.

Portion control
Do you want to taste the New Year's special cake? Go for it, just limit your intake to half the portion you would normally consume. Also, rather than rushing to gulp it down, take your time to enjoy every morsel of it, slowly. This tactic can be applied to anything sinful on your spread. Enjoy the aroma of the food, take smaller bites, chew slowly, sip water in between and you are sorted.

Drink water
Make sure that you are hydrated well during the day of the feast, for dehydration can tempt you to overeat. A lot of us read our body signals wrong and misinterpret dehydration as hunger. Drink 2 to 3 litres of water, if at all it would mean multiple trips to the loo. Your body will help you say no to those sugary treats if it is hydrated well.

Limit high-in-sugar drinks
Many can't think of a New Year party without alcohol and yes, you deserve to have a drink after a year of hard work. But if your health is also a priority, make sure you enjoy all high-in-sugar drinks including alcohol in moderation. If the spread has the option of fancy-looking fresh juices, they are any day your friend rather than the sugary shots. Moreover, it would be fun to start your New Year's day fresh, without a hangover.

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