Believe it or not, you really can enjoy the holidays and the goodies that come with them – all without gaining that dreaded weight. Just remember: “Moderation” and “Portion Control.” You see, it is usually over-indulgence that leads to weight gain during the holidays. If you can control your portions and not overindulge, you will be able to avoid excessive weight gain.
So How Do I Keep The Weight Off?
If you happen to work in an office, where employees are the recipients of many holiday treats, never arrive at work hungry. First of all, you should always eat breakfast anyway – not just during the holidays. But, if you’re not in the habit of eating breakfast, start doing so now. Not only do you want to arrive at work with a full stomach, but keep this in mind for each and every party or event you’ll attend this holiday season. Perhaps have a nutritious snack or a small meal before you go out. This should help you to avoid eating too much. Yes, you’ll still enjoy a few treats, but instead of reaching for many, you’ll simply reach for a few.
If you’re going to an event where dinner is served, fill your plate with a single layer. You will still be enjoying the foods that are served, but if you’re not stacking your plate sky-high, you will also be exercising the portion control mentioned earlier. While you may want to enjoy some of the rich foods that will be served, be sure to also add fresh fruits, vegetables and shrimp cocktail to help you fill up before you can eat too much of the “bad” food.
Also, if you should drink alcohol, limit your intake of this, as well. Once you start drinking loss of control is more likely over the foods you put in your mouth. If you find that you are eating a little bit more than usual, exercise to burn some extra calories. Weight training is a great way to build muscle and burn extra calories.
Having fun and eating holiday treats during this time of the year is expected, but it is so important to remember to do so in moderation. If you can put these simple reminders into gear you are sure to have a fulfilling holiday season without all of the extra weight. Remember, don’t stress over what you eat, rather enjoy holiday treats by using portion control.