The Holidays are fast approaching which means the temptations of holiday favorite foods begin. Today, we wanted to provide you with some tips to avoid that holiday weight gain this year. You can still enjoy those favorites that you have been looking forward to but remember to keep ”moderation” in mind. Below are 10 tips to avoid weight gain during the holidays. Good luck!
1. Eat before the party. Grab a 100- to 200- calorie snack containing carbohydrates, protein, and a little bit of fat – a low-fat yogurt with fruit slices, say, or a banana smeared with peanut butter. This will take the edge off your hunger so you won’t be as likely to grab everything that smells and looks good.
2. Have one truly sinful treat. You can indulge and maintain your weight if you stick with a small portion of fudge, eggnog, pigs-in-a-blanket, etc. Pick something that’s really worth the calories. Try and stick with nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods the rest of the night.
3. Account for what you eat. Keeping a food diary is the single best way to keep the pounds off.
4. Stop tasting the cake batter and cookie dough! Those little tastings can cost you 300 calories a pop.
5. Ban the pretty dishes or cookies from your counter. I know it’s the holidays and they look so festive, but bring them out only for dessert.
6. Avoid getting tipsy. Besides the calories in those glasses of bubbly, alcohol lowers your inhibitions. Then you’re more likely to throw caution to the wind.
7. Do stay active, but don’t use it as an excuse to eat double portions. The “I ran an extra mile so I can have an extra piece of pie” reasoning often results in added weight gain. That’s because most of us overestimate how many calories we burn and underestimate how many we consume.
8. Don’t beat yourself up over one overindulgence. It’s nearly impossible to put on a substantial amount of weight from, say, the turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
9. Don’t skip meals. Eating every four hours throughout the day will keep your metabolism revved up. Contrary to what you might think, skipping meals doesn’t save you calories over the long haul because by the time you sit down to eat, you’re ravenous, which makes binging hard to avoid. What’s worse, your body, in starvation mode, may more readily stock away the calories you consume as fat instead of burning them.
10. Gab and gab some more. Focusing on socializing with family and friends will help keep you away from the buffet table. While food is certainly a great sideshow during this time of year, the main event should be celebrating relationships.
We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!