Six Ways To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
Ah, the holidays. Everyone’s favorite time of year (I hope, because I sure love them). It’s the time of year for awkward family get togethers, multiple work parties, our favorite holidays, and of course, holiday weight gain. Here are six ways to avoid weight gain during the holidays.
1. Fill Up Before
Do you know that you’re headed out to a get together before hand where you know that there will be junk food? If you have the time, fill up first. The fullness factor will help you be less likely to indulge. If you don’t have time for having a meal before hand, go for the next best thing. A protein shake or a glass of 2% milk. The protein and fat will add a little fullness to your stomach and help keep you from getting calorie overload that will contribute to holiday weight gain.
2. Take The Healthy Dish
A lot of holiday parties between friends and family tend to be in the form of pot luck. Because of the easiness factor, a lot of people tend to bring dishes that are loaded with sugar or high in carbohydrates. Do something different, bring the healthy dish of something of your choice – and don’t be shy. Go ahead and serve yourself some. You’ll be less likely to indulge on that plate of chocolate chip cookies.
3. The Alcohol Factor
Yeah, we all know there’s more to the holidays than just food. The holidays wouldn’t be quite the same without all the alcoholic beverages. Don’t forget, alcohol has calories too. There are a couple of things that can work for the alcohol factor. It may sound silly, but stick to “the water rule” if your function includes mostly drinks. For every alcoholic beverage, have a glass of water in between to minimize calories in the liquid form. Another easy way out is to opt to be the designated driver for the night. If those two options don’t really sound like any fun to you, go for the more simple drinks. Vodka soda with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice anyone?
4. The Gym Factor
An obvious one, right? It doesn’t have to be the gym but do something! Move! Go for a walk. Hike up a hill. Get your heart rate up. Do anything to help stimulate your metabolism and keep your calories from being stored as fat instead of allowing them to contribute to holiday weight gain.
5. Just Say No – Politely
Do you want some of my homemade pumpkin chocolate chip cookies? No? Why not? Oh, you’re training to be the next Rocky Balboa? There’s no harm in being honest with those around you as to why you want to avoid doing a little indulging in all the goodness that the holidays has to offer. You’ll find that it’s not really that bad to say no and that other’s around you will be okay with that as well. They don’t need to know that you’re training to be the next Olympian, but saying “no, thank you” can go a long way.
6. Plan For It
It’s okay to indulge – sometimes. Just don’t over do it. What when you think you’re going to, plan for it. If you know you’re going to be going to an event later in the day, eat a meal so you’re full – but don’t make it a junk meal. Load up on vegetables, protein, and healthy fats. Get a healthy amount of exercise and eat healthy foods throughout the week so you only have one day throwing you off your rocker – not an entire week of calorie overload. As soon as you’ve had your bad meal, think about the next meal. The next worse thing you could do is follow it up with another day with a bad meal.
Do you have any tips to add on ways to avoid holiday weight gain? Leave a comment.