If you haven’t watched the movie Zombieland, you really should. It’s an extremely entertaining movie that lays down essential rules one should follow in order to survive a post-apocalyptic world overrun with zombies. That inspired us to come up with our own rules for surviving the diet nightmare around the corner that is unbridled Chinese New Year binge eating.
Here are the rules you should keep in mind so you don’t get more prosperous around the waistline than you are in wealth…
Rule #1: Eat High-Protein Breakfasts
Studies consistently show that having more protein in your breakfast leads you to feel fuller for longer. Adding eggs and milk to your morning meal could help you eat less during the massive reunion dinner with your entire extended family.
Rule #2: Sit Facing Away From the Food
Remember this when you’re doing your visiting and need help steering clear of bak kwa and love letters. A study in the journal Obesity reports that looking at the buffet spread makes you more tempted to refill your plate. The same idea applies to the abundant evil goodies on offer on the snack tray. If you have to snack, stick to the kua chees (melon seeds).
Rule #3: Always Choose Smaller Plates
Simple reason: If there’s less food on your plate, you’ll eat less. Studies show that when people are presented with a larger amount of food, it causes them to eat 81 per cent more. Smaller plates carry less food. Eating with chopsticks will also help you eat slower (see Rule #4).
Rule #4: Slow Down When Munching
Slow eaters eat 201 less calories a day, say researchers from the University of Rhode Island, US, since it takes 20 minutes for your brain to realise you’ve had enough. Besides, you’ll get to postpone explaining your unmarried status to busybody relatives for longer.
Rule #5: Keep A One-Drink-Limit
Hey, it’s the holidays. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t indulge in a little holiday spirit like everyone else. In fact, we even suggest you drink — just keep it to one glass a day. Studies show that men who averaged one daily alcoholic drink were 18 per cent less likely to see their waistlines increase than teetotalers. This doesn’t apply to those who drink more than that though.
Rule #6: Cardio
Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you should abandon all exercise unti the new year. Find the time to put in a workout or two in between the merry-making. Just do something. If nothing else, stand up while you’re dealing the cards at the blackjack table, or make the kiddies work for their ang baos by chasing you down while you run away as fast as you can.
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