The holidays are upon us…and that means parties, cocktails and cookies. How do you NOT gain a couple of pounds? Unless you have iron will, it’s impossible. We’ve put together a guide to avoiding holiday weight gain.
Avoiding the Gain
- Never arrive to a party hungry. Have a healthy snack before you go, so you’re not tempted to over do it. In addition, have a full glass of water to fill your belly before diving into calorie-laden appetizers.
- Go slow. Instead of getting overzealous and filling your plate with all the good stuff, pace yourself. Take only a little at a time, and spend your time socializing, rather than focusing on eating. If you pace yourself, your brain will catch up to your belly to tell you that you might be full.
- Fill your plate with decent food before getting to the chips. Stock up on shrimp or veggies. Leave less room for the dip, so you’re forced to reconsider it.
- Bring something healthy. Offer to bring a healthy snack or dessert and don’t be afraid to sample your own work.
- Walk. It’s cold out there, but the fresh air will do you well. Make it your habit to walk between meals. You’ll feel better, and look better.
Reversing the Gain
- Don’t starve yourself because you’re beating yourself up over eating too much. You must keep eating, or else you’ll crave and binge. Just make healthier choices. Focus on proteins and veggies.
- Get rid of holiday leftovers.
- Limit simple carbs. Initially it will help to cut out white bread completely. You can add it again later, but it should be enough to edge out those few pounds.
- Put your goals on paper and visit them daily. Keep them positive.
- Plan your meals. Eating on the go is a recipe for disaster.
- Drink lots of water. It will help curve cravings and make you feel fuller.