The snow and holiday seasons bring endless gatherings with family, friends, and coworkers. Typically, holiday parties are centered on two things: being together and food. Between now and the New Year, just an extra 200 calories more than we need per day could lead to a plumper you.
It doesn’t take much to gain five to ten pounds. A candy bar on the run while shopping, an extra piece of fudge at a party, or camping out next to the buffet line are little things that can easily add to the holiday waistline.
Whether it is a company party, family party, or a night out with friends, there are steps you can take to avoid the traditional holiday weight gain. Don’t let the holidays get the best of the healthy habits you worked hard to establish all year. Try the following:
- Eat a healthy snack before holiday parties. This will fill you up a bit, helping you to resist enjoying too many appetizers and sweet treats.
- Drink more water instead of sugary beverages.
- Rest as much as possible. Even a 15-minute nap can make a difference.
- Stay in your workout routine.
Don’t go shopping hungry
While you are away from home, hunger and low blood sugar lead to overeating. Eating a snack, or light meal that is high in protein and includes fruits and vegetables will help you avoid the high-fat, high-calorie stops along the way.
Eat smaller portions
The holiday buffet offers an endless array of treats and temptations calling your name—you don’t have to eat them all. Trying smaller portions will let you sample a wide variety from the buffet. Make selections of the things you really want to eat. Include grains, fruits, and vegetables on your plate, limiting the space for chocolate covered deserts.
Your stomach needs time to register that it is full. Take the time to savor more than just the meal. Mingling and conversation will occupy you with other things besides the feast, and give you the necessary time for your body to say “enough.”
Healthy holiday eating is all about being responsible. With these suggestions, a dash of discipline, and a pinch of planning, you’ll have a great recipe for holiday fun without the bulge of regret.
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