The holiday season is a difficult time for many of us who are trying to lose weight. With holiday celebrations, office parties, family get-togethers – almost every celebration revolves around food! Lots of it, and usually very yummy! You don’t really want to deprive yourself of involvement in such affairs, but you don’t want to go into the new year feeling like a blimp either!
Actually losing weight through this time of year can easily feel like a losing proposition. So, my recommendation to my clients from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is to set a goal to maintain their current weight through the holiday and not gain. If you typically enter the new year with several extra pounds, simply maintaining your weight through the holidays is a major win!
Here are some very simple tips for enjoying the holiday season and still maintaining your weight:
1. Stick to the healthy habits you’ve developed through this year when you are not participating in a holiday celebration. Remember, it’s what you do consistently that is going to produce the results you desire, not what you do once in a while. You can ‘cheat’ on your normal routine on occasion without straying from your target. (Though, if it’s part of your plan, it’s not really ‘cheating!’)
2. Drink plenty of water. Your body is designed to rid itself of occasional pollution of preservatives, food additives, and the like if it is properly nourished on a regular basis, but it can’t do it without adequate hydration, which requires plain water (minimum 48-64 ounces per day, or the equivalent of 3-4 16 ounce bottles of water).
3. Keep up your exercise! Now is not the time to get lazy. Even if you simply walk daily for at least half an hour, you will be much better off than sitting around and holding on to your calories.
4. Portion control. At that buffet or party, partake in all of your favorites, but just one serving. Before taking anything, ask yourself “Do I really want this?” Don’t just eat it because it’s there; put things on your plate that you are sure to enjoy.
4. Eat mindfully. Enjoy your portion, savor it, enjoy the taste and texture – don’t just wolf it down, barely tasting it. Avoid mindless munching when you are paying attention to something else, like conversing with friends and family. Put your fork down when conversing, then return your focus to your food before taking another bite.
5. Before heading out to a party, eat some fresh veggies or enjoy a fresh fruit/veggie smoothie. You’ll be less likely to over indulge if you are not starving when you arrive.
6. Go easy on the sugary treats. Overindulging in sugar can lead to cravings that are hard to curb after the holidays are over.
There are many techniques people successfully use to survive holiday temptations to overindulge, but these are my top ones. What have you tried that works for you? Please comment below!
Have a happy and healthy holiday season!
To your health,