The diet to do before Christmas: advice from the expert – Italian Cuisine

The diet to do before Christmas: advice from the expert

The menus, the right foods and the right moves suggested by a nutritionist, to detox and lose weight for lunches and dinners

During the days preceding Christmas, the ideal would be to lose weight in view of the great binges of lunches and dinners. THE'mistake the more frequent you tend to commit in this period to get rid of a few extra pounds is to cut portions and calories in a net way and to focus on drastic diets. The risk? Grease more. Too restrictive food programs have actually the opposite effect: they push the body to consume less and consequently to accumulate extra pounds, slowing down the metabolism, the mechanism that allows you to transform what you eat into energy. To get to the fitter parties and lose weight just adopt small and simple "save line strategies". Let's see what they are with the help of the doctor Nicoletta Bocchino, nutritionist biologist.

Start the day with water and lemon

"Wastes and toxins, especially during periods of greater effort for the body like Christmas, can overload it and help slow its metabolism. Drink fasting before breakfast a glass of warm water and the juice of a lemon, freshly squeezed thanks to vitamins and micronutrients made helps to get rid of excess waste substances, stimulating the work of the liver suggests the expert.

At each meal, focus on a single source of carbohydrates

«To compose balanced and healthy menus, compose every main meal of the day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with only one food rich in carbohydrates like whole grains, pasta, essential nutrients to make metabolism work efficiently, combining it with other foods that contain proteins, for example meat, fish or eggs, which favor the formation of lean mass and a nice portion of seasonal vegetables that satiate for a long time and promote the work of the liver, facilitating the purification .

Start each meal with vegetables

A dish of seasonal vegetables, raw or cooked, consumed at the beginning of a lunch and dinner, facilitates the management of hunger attacks that may arise after the end of the meal. "Thanks to their richness of fibers, they slow down gastric emptying, reduce the assimilation of sugars and fats and prolong satiety. In fact, they help to keep the blood sugar levels (the level of sugar in the blood) at bay, which stimulate a greater production by the pancreas of insulin, the hunger hormone, "says the doctor.

Instead of salt and sugar, use spices

"Turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and other spices in addition to giving a special touch to dishes, have very few calories and are excellent substitutes of salt and sugar, which consumed in excess favor overweight, swelling and other disorders. In addition, they reduce the production of intestinal gas, responsible for the swelling and facilitate digestion suggests nutritionist Nicoletta Bocchino.

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