The following post was written by New York-based trainer David Kirsch.
Beginning in New Zealand and ending in Hawaii, New Year's Eve is a 24-hour celebration that merits a toast to prosperity and good health. Pop a bottle of champagne, pour yourself a glass, and remember . . .
Exactly: remember. Make this a holiday you'll look back on with great memories — rather than regrets about what you ate (or how much you spent on your tab!). Enjoy yourself, but do so in moderation, with these tips:
- Don't wait for the Eve to eat. A protein-rich breakfast and lunch will keep your appetite in check and prevent you from overeating all night long. Have an egg white frittata in the morning and a grilled chicken salad with mixed greens in the afternoon. That way you won't go in ravenous!
- This is a holiday where drinking is hard to avoid. If you decide to drink, make it champagne, wine, or vodka soda. Nothing pink or frilly, please!
- Chase each drink with two glasses of water. It slows down the pace at which the alcohol hits your system, keeps you hydrated, and helps prevent the bloat.
- When offered a tray of hors d'oeuvres, weigh your options. Choose one that is healthier with protein or vegetables. Although delicious, cheese and crackers pack on calories in quick time! Instead, opt for shrimp with a little cocktail sauce.
- It's simple. Keep my advice in mind, and you'll enter the New Year in good spirits. Good luck and best wishes for 2011!
For more tips, recipes, and workouts, be sure to check out all of David's posts here on FitSugar.
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