If you struggle to maintain your weight from the time you see the stuffing and pumpkin pie until the time you toast the New Year, you’re not alone.
The average North American gains just under 2lbs between Christmas and New Years. (https://www.livescience.com/56206-holiday-weight-gain-america-japan-germany.html)
That may not seem like much until you start adding it up year after year.
This doesn’t have to happen to you. There are plenty of smart steps you can take that let you enjoy the celebrations and still avoid gaining weight.
Top 11 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain
1. Be realistic when setting your goals.
For many, it’s the not the right time to set a big weight loss goal. Focus on maintaining where you are now instead of setting goals that are unrealistic. This time of year is hard! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
2. Drink plenty of water.
This is true all year long, but especially when youre goal is to maintain your weight. The better hydrated you are, the less likely you are to mistake thirst for hunger. You will also feel more full.
3. Watch the alcohol.
Every beer, glass of wine or cocktail adds up. Alcohol is a double whammy because it also lowers your willpower around high-fat foods. Opt for a healthier drink instead like Kombucha, a smoothie or a protein hot chocolate and serve them in a fancy glass so it feels festive! Here’s a link to a peppermint mocha hot drink :http://online.fliphtml5.com/rmaq/xoqr/#p=26
4. Savor your food slowly.
The more mindful you are when you are chewing and tasting, the better. Look at your food. Chew well, swallow, and talk to somebody before taking another bite.
5. Choose colorful foods.
If you seek out bright colors, you have a better chance of eating fresh vegetables. All that fiber will help fill you up too.
6. Have a strategy before you walk up to a buffet.
Start with something green and walk around and look at what is there, then choose wisely. Simply choose larger helpings of steamed foods and things you know will nourish your body. Remember to taste the things you love the most and indulge some but keep those portions smaller.
7. Know your host.
Bring a healthier dish or appetizer to the party. Most hostesses will appreciate a little something extra to share with guests. If you’re going to a party where the host is going to push you to eat more, take a small portion for your first serving.
8. Give yourself a break.
If you try to stay away from all the goodies, you’re going to end up feeling like you’re deprived. Then you’ll end up eating more.
Let yourself indulge some in whatever your favorites are but in moderation.
And not to worry, if it’s chocolate you love…I’ve got you covered with a healthier dark chocolate fudge recipe that’s worthy of gifting if you don’t eat it first 🙂
9. Eat before you arrive.
Plenty of people make the mistake of not eating before a party. Instead, fill up on healthy foods before you go. Then you won’t be too hungry to eat thoughtfully.
10. Don’t give up on exercise.
Even though this is a busy time of year, remember to stay active. Daily exercise will keep you focused, energetic, and mindful of your good health. So if you’re going shopping, park in the farthest parking spot. Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Go for a walk to look at the holiday lights or do any one of my weekly workouts that are posted every Wednesday on FB
11. Set yourself up for the healthiest 2018 possible.
Ask for and give health-minded gifts. Herbal teas, workout clothes or one of those fruit and nut baskets you’ve been eyeing will be well received by most anyone.
Set your intentions now for a powerful start to 2018 by doing a vision board of your 2018 goals, mark your calendars with scheduled workout times, even if its just a 10-15 min walk everyday at lunch to start, and start printing off or picking out healthy recipes so you can start stock piling your pantry so you are ready to rock!
Its not hard, but it takes time and effort to make it happen and if you need an accountability partner then just reach out and I will be there for you.