We’ve barely settled down from the New Year and new decade celebrations, but Chinese New Year is already right around the corner. This time, there will be even more feasting and tempting goodies.
It is easy to indulge in whatever that is presented to us and only fret about the calories afterwards. But there are also tricks you can work around to listen to your body. Here we share 3 of our favorites to trick our bodies into telling us that we’ve had enough snacks!
#1 Chew more, eat slower, talk more
This may sound very intuitive, but hear us out. Did you know that it takes 20 minutes to feel full? This is due to a delay between the time you first put food in your mouth to when it gets to your gut which send you a signal that you’re full. Before you put the next pineapple tart in your mouth, check if 20 minutes have passed and see if you are still as hungry as before.
#2 Stay Hydrated
Water will be your best friend this Chinese New Year for a few good reasons. First, water contains zero calories and is the perfect beverage choice when you’re thirsty. And most importantly, your body can sometimes mistake thirst for hunger even when you are only mildly dehydrated. So make sure to drink up and keep yourself hydrated.
#3 Never show up with an empty stomach
Exercising self-control at any holiday feast, especially if you are starving, can be challenging. Instead of keeping our stomachs hungry to ‘make space’ for the feasting during visits, it is a good idea to have a light snack before going for any visiting. This prevents you from over-snacking afterwards and you can also opt for healthier snacks (e.g. yogurt with fresh fruit or wholemeal bun with a glass of milk). No more binging on high-calorie festive treats unnecessarily!