How to Avoid Weight Gain Over the Holidays
It’s that time of year! No matter which way you slice it (no pun intended!) holidays aren’t just a 1 day festivity and there’s food all around. So what do you do in order to not give in to the temptations of what seems to be endless amounts of food? Wouldn’t it be nice not to have that bloating feeling whenever you’ve indulged too much? Have you ever said to yourself that this time you will NOT have any chocolate, dessert, 2nd servings or other yummy food that’s served? Maybe that’s part of the problem. Stop telling yourself that YOU CAN’T HAVE IT!
Weight gain doesn’t happen because of just 1 thing that you ate. I tell my clients in order to lose weight and keep it off, you have to feed your head as much as your tummy! It’s true! Denial can get you in trouble and make you want or crave something even more.
Here are 8 tips to help you stay on track over the holidays:
- Don’t skip meals! Eat mindfully during the day, focus on choosing healthier options that include good protein, fruits, vegetables and don’t forget healthy fats!
- Be prepared! Have healthy snacks, cut up veggies, fruit and salads in your fridge. Some great options to have in stock are hard boiled eggs, a big salad already made, fresh avocados, washed berries, quinoa salads, hummus, salsa and yogurt on hand.
- Keep up your exercise regimen! Exercise won’t erase last night’s cheesecake, but it will help you feel better and you’ll feel more fit, strong and positive.
- If you indulge, so what! Don’t feel bad if you have a piece of cake or an extra helping of stuffing. When you do, it often leads to eating more because of guilt. Remember, you are not dieting!
- Put healthier choices on your plate first! This will make you feel good about taking a smaller portion of that ‘special holiday food’ that you love.
- Watch your alcohol and soda intake! Make sure you keep hydrated and drink plenty of water.
- Have a healthy snack before you have dinner! Veggies and hummus, yogurt, an apple or even a handful of nuts will feel you up so you don’t go to dinner hungry. When you’re hungry and saving yourself all day to eat the anticipated dinner, you may eat more than you intended and have a hard time getting back on track.
- Be realistic! This is a holiday. There will be tempting foods everywhere. Are you going to be miserable if you just sit there and sit on your hands and not eat? Make a plan to include eating things you like, only in a smaller portion size and adding healthy choices with it.
Enjoy the holidays and even if you ate more than you planned for, embrace it! It’s what happens next that helps you move forward and be positive. Whether that plan is to eat healthy, lose weight or maintain, it starts with having a positive attitude and not giving up on yourself.
As always, I’d love to hear from you 🙂
Please share your tips on how you handle the holidays!