This is the time of the year when holiday parties and family dinners are happening on a weekly basis, and with great company often comes deliciously tempting food. Many people tend to gain a few pounds over the holidays, but the real issue is that most of them can’t shed them afterward.
The holidays are a time to enjoy ourselves, to be grateful, and have fun. Luckily there are ways to do this in moderation so you don’t end up making choices you’ll regret later on (such as overeating)! Keep reading to find out a few ways you can beat the holiday weight gain this year.
- Have a plan, and write it down. Jotting down specific (and attainable) fitness and eating goals and keeping them somewhere visible can help you keep them in mind before parties and dinners.
- Eat Mindfully. Serving up your food on a smaller plate can trick your brain into thinking you’re eating more versus having a larger plate with empty space, try out this trick next time you go to a buffet style dinner.
- Wait it out. Many of us are tempted to go for seconds when we see an abundance of food readily available, but waiting a few minutes and asking yourself whether you’re actually hungry before grabbing more foods can help you think twice and avoid consuming unnecessary calories.
- Limit your alcohol intake. It’s easy to get carried away this time of the year, but limiting the number of drinks you consume and drinking water in between will really help you cut down on liquid calories. Additionally, it will help to avoid overeating if you tend to get hungry after a few rounds of drinks.
- Be picky. Whenever faced with a selection of desserts, that is. Rather than feeling like you have to try everything, pick and choose which desserts you really want to try and stop once you feel full.
- Stay active. Many people slip up and then forget about their goals, but true discipline comes with continuing your routine even after a slip-up. Try to involve the family in physical activities that you can all enjoy together as part of your holiday traditions rather than only doing sedentary activities like watching movies.
- Weigh yourself. Weighing yourself a few times a week, or even daily, can help you stay mindful throughout the day and may help you make better eating choices.
- Keep self-care in mind. Avoiding stress and getting enough sleep is extremely important when watching your weight. Not taking care of your mental and physical health can lead to cravings and making poor food and drink choices that are more readily available during this time of the year. Thankfully, this can easily be avoided by staying mindful and adopting healthy habits.
There are a number of ways to avoid gaining weight over the holidays, the key is finding what works best for you. And keep in mind that it’s okay to enjoy yourself, and one or two slip-ups are nothing to beat yourself up over. Continue to keep up with your goals and you’ll be proud by the time the new year rolls around!