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Tricks to Get Rid of the Treats: Burning Off the Halloween Sweets

By: Patrick JuinioTricks to Get Rid of the Treats: Burning Off the Halloween Sweets

Halloween is a highly anticipated occasion. For starters, people are free to roam around dressed as their favorite characters. Secondly, they get to display their creativity in decorating their homes. Thirdly, they can bond with their loved ones over scary films. To top it all off, they are able to eat plenty of candy and chocolates from attending parties or visiting different houses.

Despite the enjoyment that comes with indulging one’s sweet tooth, excess sugar consumption can negatively affect one’s health.  Eating too many sweets can lead to weight gain, which increases the risk of conditions like diabetes or heart disease.

If you happened to go on a sugar binge after getting all of those treats, don’t worry. You can still rid yourself of those unwanted sugars.

Here are some tips to help you burn off the Halloween sweets:

Hydrate yourself with water.

Choosing water over soda, energy drinks, and coffee to stay hydrated not only prevents you from consuming more sugar but also allows you to flush them out of your body.

Move more.

A sedentary lifestyle keeps sugars stored in your body, so make it a point to move as often as you can. If you are too busy to go to the gym, you may try other alternatives such as using the stairs rather than the elevator, walking to nearby places instead of driving your car or going for a walk around your neighborhood.

Avoid skipping meals.

Aside from increasing your cravings, skipping meals can also slow your metabolism down, making it difficult to burn off those sugars. Instead of missing a meal, go for healthier food choices like proteins and vegetables.

Get enough sleep.

Not getting enough sleep also decreases your metabolism. Getting a sufficient amount of shut-eye at night boosts your energy, giving you the motivation to exercise more.

Keep leftover sweets out of your sight.

You cannot eat what you cannot see. Hence, keeping leftover sweets out of sight helps you resist the temptation of munching on them.

Knowing that you ate too many sweets can make you anxious about your health. But as long as you make an effort to burn them off and eat better later, you can expect a happy and healthy Halloween!

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