With the holiday season comes the yearly weight gain. Parties, goodies and festivities cause us to throw our usual good sense out the window and feast on foods we wouldn’t usually eat at all. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 9 holiday weight loss tips to help you enjoy the season and avoid holiday weight gain at the same time.
1. Don’t plan to blow your diet. Most people resign themselves to the fact that they are going to blow their diet and gain weight during the holiday season. They’ve already decided they are going to fail before they even get started. Sit down and write out a contract with yourself. Set your expectations high and don’t allow yourself to backslide. Write out what type of reward you are going to give yourself for making progress when others are pigging out.
2. Plan to work out. Never say you will try to squeeze a workout into your schedule. It won’t happen. Schedule your workouts and stick to your schedule. They are just as important as any other appointment in your day. Scheduled workouts also help to offset a few too many treats by boosting your metabolism.
3. Set new fitness goals. Why wait until the new year? Your schedule will be just as busy later. If you want to lose fat or gain muscle then start working on it right now. A healthier you is the best present you can give yourself and your loved ones.
4. Give yourself permission to cheat. If you know there will be certain parties or holiday meals where you will be overly tempted, then schedule those meals as your cheat meals for the week. Enjoy the food without guilt and get right back on track with the very next meal.
5. Stick to your routine. Don’t eat whatever food is available just because it’s there. Stick to your eating plan unless it’s a scheduled cheat. You’ll be much happier and healthier in the long run.
6. Control your portion sizes. Too much of anything, even the healthiest food, will cause you to gain weight. If it’s just not Christmas without a certain food, then eat a small portion of that food and enjoy without guilt.
7. Don’t let others talk you in to overindulgence. Decide beforehand how many treats you are going to allow yourself at a party and stick to it. If someone tries to get you to have one more helping or one more drink, it’s perfectly acceptable to politely decline.
8. Choose foods wisely. Holidays are no different from other days with respect to the fact that you should choose your foods wisely. Take a long look at the food choices available and put only the healthiest choices on your plate. If there are no truly healthy choices available, then eat a very small serving of the most healthy option and follow it up with a healthy meal when you get home.
9. Drink alcohol in moderation only. If you drink at all, then set your limit at one or two drinks and stick to it. Alcoholic drinks are purely empty calories, so don’t feel bad about switching to non-alcoholic beverages. A diet soda or juice spritzer is a better choice than a third cocktail and you won’t have a hangover the next day either.
I hope you’ve found these holiday weight loss tips helpful. May you enjoy the beauty of the season and avoid holiday weight gain. Healthy Holidays To All!