Right now we are in the most festive time of the year. Chances are your job will have a potluck and you will be invited to several parties.
As a result you will more than likely eat more than you normally would at any other time of the year. And with so much good food at your disposal its hard to say no.
However, just because its easy to gain weight during the holiday season doesn’t mean it has to be your reality.
Here are a few simple tips that will help you avoid holiday weight gain without having to deprive yourself of all the delicious food you will be exposed to.
Make Sure You Have a Plan
As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Before you step foot into any holiday party you should take the time to consider what you will eat.
You have to set guidelines so you won’t find yourself overindulging. Appetizers are usually the biggest offender because they are loaded with calories and don’t really feel you up.
Set a clear limit on how much of the appetizers you will consume.
You should treat mealtime the same way you treat appetizers. If at all possible, review the menu ahead of time. This way you will be able to decide what you will eat before all the delicious food comes out and you lose your self control.
Amy Gorin, RDN, recommends filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Doing so can prevent you from overdoing it.
Track Your Food
Just because its the holidays doesn’t mean you get a pass on tracking your food.
Studies have shown over and over again that those who track what they eat tend to lose more weight than those who do not.
No matter what your goal, be it to continue losing weight, or to avoid gaining weight, keeping track of what you eat is a vital part of ensuring you reach that goal.
As you very well know by now, MyFitnessPal is one of our favorite food tracking apps. Its free to download and easy to use.
Being aware of the food you’re eating will go a long ways in helping you stay on track during the holiday season.
Go Easy On The Alcohol
Not only is alcohol full of empty calories, but it also causes you to eat more. When you drink alcohol you lower your inhibitions.
That means you no longer care about what’s going into your body and you are more likely to make poor eating decisions.
If you do want to have a drink, wait until you sit down to have your main meal for the day.
Don’t Be Afraid To Have Some Dessert
At Diet Breakthroughs we are not a fan of deprivation. We believe you should enjoy the foods you love. The key however is to not overdo it.
Anytime you try to avoid a food it makes you want it that much more. So instead trying to avoid dessert altogether, make it a part of your plan.
If you love cheesecake, have a piece. If you love apple pie, have a piece. Just make sure one piece doesn’t turn into two or three.
Its all about moderation and self control.
Whatever type of dessert you choose to have, make sure you really enjoy it. It is the holidays after all.
Make Time For Exercise
The holidays are not an excuse to stop exercising. You should schedule your workouts during the holiday season just like you would any other time of year.
Exercise will help you stay on track by ensuring you continue to burn calories. Exercise will also help you combat the stress that is often associated with the holiday season.
When it boils down to it the holiday season is about spending time with the ones you love and enjoying great food.
Who wants to spend time worrying about what they can and can’t eat? We don’t and we know you don’t want to either.
So go ahead and enjoy yourself. Prepare as much as you can in advance so you don’t have to obsess over what you are eating.
Leading up to the big holiday consider making a few adjustments to the way you are eating. For example, consider going low carb for a few days before Christmas or the New Year. You should also make it a point to drink only water.
These small changes will make it possible for you to better enjoy yourself once you get around family and friends.
Always remember what your goals are. Its okay to enjoy yourself, just don’t do so at the expense of your ultimate goal.
And with that being said, from our family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!