4 Ways to Get Through The Holidays Without Gaining Weight
Gaining a couple pounds during the holidays is normal. Some people, though, pack on a lot of weight each holiday season only to spend the beginning of every New Year resolving to work off that extra weight.
If you’re one of those people, don’t repeat what happened during past holidays. Even if you normally gain 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, you’re not destined to do so this year. Commit to making this holiday season different by following these 4 tips.
Stick to your workout routine
Most of us get busy and stressed out at times during the holidays, which are two excellent reasons to continue working out. You’re also likely to be indulging more during the holidays, so you need to keep your metabolism up and keep burning calories. Even if you don’t already workout, the end of the year is the perfect time to start.
Fitting exercise time into a schedule already jam-packed might seem impossible, but doing so is easier than you think. If you’re a runner, temporarily change your schedule to allow for early-morning or after-dinner jogs. At work and the mall, park farther away from the entrance and take the stairs instead of the elevator. At the very least, exercise while you watch television, even if you do so only during commercial breaks.
Drinking water is good for you no matter the time of year, but doing so during the holidays helps curb your appetite so you eat fewer goodies. You’ll be tempted by lots of treats at home, work and parties. Indulging occasionally is perfectly fine, but you don’t want to go overboard. Partially filling your stomach with water before you start eating makes you feel fuller and leaves less space for food.
Keep yourself occupied at parties
You don’t want to spend your time visiting with friends and family focused on food. Don’t hover near the buffet table or give yourself the opportunity to eat more than you should. Have a snack and then do something else. Join in with groups playing board games or singing karaoke. If you like young kids, volunteer to spend time playing with the kids in attendance. A group of active toddlers and preschoolers will keep you so busy you may completely forget about food.
Monitor your portions
If you consume more calories than you burn off, you will gain weight. To avoid loading up on high-calorie food during holiday meals, fill at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, then enjoy more-tempting items in smaller amounts. Also, eat slowly and pick and choose what you like to eat. Don’t feel obligated to try everything. If you know the host of a party is someone who pushes you to overeat, go in with a plan. Honor the “Eat, Eat!” request, but put only a little bit on your plate at a time. This makes it look like you’re eating more than you actually are while also being a good guest and respectful to your host.