The holidays are fast approaching and everyone knows just how difficult it can be to keep the pounds off during the holiday season, while still enjoying all the season has to offer. The average person will gain approximately ten pounds during this upcoming holiday season. What if you could enjoy all that comes with the holiday, and not gain the weight? You would be interested, right?
When you have the mindset to succeed in keeping the pounds off, eat healthy, stay active, and learn to recognize and control those cravings, you have the recipe for success! Of course, this all sounds so easy, but with rich traditions and multiple celebrations to attend, it can be difficult. Here are some tips to help you through the holiday season:
- Plan ahead – I am sure you have heard this a million times, but it remains true when it comes to keeping the holiday weight off. Typically, you will know when you will be attending your holiday celebrations. Once you have marked it on the calendar, plan about ten days in advance. You know you will probably eat some foods that are rich in taste and calories – put in some extra work outs the week leading up to your celebration.
- Volunteer – one of the best ways to make sure that you have a healthy dish to snack on at your holiday celebration is to volunteer to bring a dish. You can choose a healthy appetizer, dip or spread – and most likely will be the hit of the party! While we all love our rich foods, everyone is looking for healthy alternatives. Consider a healthy party vegetable spread, some energy balls, some garden fresh bruschetta, guacamole stuffed tomatoes, or some fun power wraps.
- Adjust your meals – you can adjust your meals during the holiday season to help keep the extra pounds off. If your office is famous for having goodies around all season, pack a healthy lunch everyday (including your snacks) to help curb your cravings for the goodies. Allow yourself goodies once a week. And, on those days where you will be attending a celebration or party, adjust your meals accordingly that day to compensate for the extra calories you will consume.
- Alcohol consumption – with the holidays, typically comes added alcohol consumption. Enjoy yourself, but keep in mind the added calories. It is not just the food you eat, but also the liquid beverages you consume that can add on the pounds. There are many light calorie drinks that you can make during the holiday season, and do not be afraid to offset your drinks. Simply enjoy an alcoholic beverage and then have a low calorie drink. This will keep the calories down, and still allow you to have an alcoholic drink.
Most likely you will gain a few extra pounds during the holiday season, however, if you follow some of the tips above, you may only fluctuate a few pounds, instead of packing on ten pounds or more. Maximize your health by being aware of the season and all it has to offer, including great food and spirits! Stay motivated, remain active, and eat healthy as much as possible. Enjoy your holiday season without feeling guilty!
Written by: Tammy Moorehead