Still stuffed from Thanksgiving? You’re not alone. On average, most Americans will gain around 5-10 pounds over the holidays. From Thanksgiving all the way up until just before New Year’s, it’s easy to over eat when surrounded by food.
In fact, a Cornell study analyzed weight gain in 3 countries during the holidays and found that it took people over 5 months to lose holiday weight. Did you know that one of the main reasons why most people gain weight relates to quantity and quality?
What You Eat: Quantity & Quality
The human stomach is the size of the person’s clenched fist, at least it is supposed to be. Therefore, the amount of food we consume matters and affects our weight. Some might think eating sparingly will equal weight loss, but it can also slow down our metabolism. Likewise, if you eat too much you obviously gain weight. Even if you eat healthy, consuming large quantities can make the scale move in the direction you don’t want.
So, if how much or how little you eat might tip the scale, it’s important to eat the right foods. Consuming calorie-dense foods even in small quantities can lead to weight gain. That’s why it’s important to eat enough protein, fiber-rich vegetables, and foods that contain good fat. Not all fat is bad. Mixed nuts are an example of good fat, as is fatty acids found in some fish like salmon. The fat in avocados is also very good for you.
- Large Avocado (1)
- Eggs (2)
- Salt-Free Lemon Pepper
- Halve the avocado and remove the seed.
- Crack two eggs, placing one in each cleaned avocado pit (one egg per half.)
- Sprinkle with salt-free lemon pepper and bake at 360 degrees for 20 minutes.
While this meal might seem small, an appetizer even, it’s good for you and tastes even better. Avocado is rich in vitamins and folic acids and promotes reproductive health. Just one cup of avocados contain the following vitamins:
pantothenic acid 42%
vitamin K 35%
vitamin B6 23%
vitamin E 21%
vitamin C 20%
This is not to mention the egg yolks, which have health benefits as well. While egg whites are great for you, the yolk contains an ingredient that boosts your memory! Like the avocado, egg yolk also contains antioxidants while the entire egg provides vitamins and protein.
Don’t fear fat just eat the right kind and in moderation. It’s all about smart portions and consuming health-boosting, nutrient-rich foods.