Let’s face it ladies and gentlemen it is difficult to maintain your “diet” and healthy lifestyle over the holidays.
The loaded buffet tables at dinners, parties, and get-togethers provide too many temptations.
One bite leads to another and before you know it, you’ve gained weight.
Some holiday meals add up to 2,000 calories or more, therefore you could actually put on a pound a day without realizing it. Here are some ideas and tips to help you get through the holidays.
KEEP A FOOD DIARY and
I recommend that you keep track of what you eat; it is especially important at this time of year when people may be surrounded by temptations. A bite here and a taste there will add up, so document everything — even if it’s a spoonful of pudding or a single chocolate chip. This will help you think about what you’re eating. Although Dean and I are not proponents of weighing yourself it does help to watch your weight and take note of it during this harder time of year. If you see it creeping up you have a chance to throw in an extra TRX bootcamp workout or barre class!
Watch your Alcohol Intake
Fancy cocktails of any kind tend to be bad for your health, and holiday drinks are the worst of them all. Eggnog, the most popular, has a whopping 450 calories per glass. That’s the equivalent of nearly one full meal.
You can certainly indulge in one or two drinks but make sure they are healthy options. I recommend that you stick to 100-calorie drinks. Any hard alcohol on the rocks or mixed with club soda will likely come in at under 100 calories, as will most light beers or a glass of wine.
Even better, make a wine spritzer using half wine and half soda. That way, your 100 calories will last through two drinks.
Bear in mind that alcohol itself not only adds calories, but it lowers your inhibitions, making it more likely that you will reach for those diet-destroying buffet treats as the night goes on.
Alternate alcoholic beverages with a glass of water in order to remain hydrated, stave off hangovers and keep calories in check.
Be in charge of your party choices:
Those buffets and appetizer trays offer a tempting trap. I recommend that you eat before you go to the party. Have a healthy snack or a delicious PB Pumpkin UMP pudding or shake! This way you will be less likely to overindulge on those tempting snacks. Even if you must bring a snack or appetizer make something that’s a little more health conscious but that also tastes good. Pinterest offers healthy recipes favorable for this season.
Small plate, please
Be wise when choosing appetizers – a small portion of some appetizers may help you from overeating at dinner.
Pick up a small plate, and stick with vegetables, but limit or avoid the creamy dips. Restrict your intake of butter crackers, chips, cheese and meats. If you must have a deep-fried appetizer, eat only one small serving. Never go back for seconds. For dinner, fill half of your plate with salad and vegetables, one quarter with meat, and the final quarter with starch.
Avoid the sauce
Avoid sauces made from cream, half-and-half or meat drippings. For salads, use oil and vinegar, vinaigrette or low-fat dressings. Broth-based or vegetable sauces are fine.
What about desserts?
The best low-calorie choices are fruit, Jell-O, pudding, an unfrosted mini muffin, shortbread cookies, ginger snaps or angel food cake. If you must have a dessert with frosting, butter cream, cream cheese, or chocolate chips, limit yourself to one small cookie or one thin slice of cake.
I Broke All the Rules. Now What?
OK, so you overate. All is not lost. If you’ve had too much dinner, or polished off a plate of cookies, your diet isn’t automatically ruined.
What you should do is get back on the right track the very next day, and I will give you a simple rule:
If you eat more, exercise more in order to compensate.
It’s a surefire way to protect oneself from the dreaded holiday weight gain. If you eat more, you must exercise more. Try to get an extra 20 minutes of exercise every day. The more you move, the more you’ll lose.
Focus on socializing
Don’t stand around the food table when you are at a party. Rather, focus your energies on making conversation with others instead of focusing on foods. Conversation is calorie-free.
Remember, the holidays are meant to celebrate good times with family and friends. Enjoy the holidays and plan effective strategies to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Achieving what you sought out for will give you one more good reason for holiday cheer! Happy Holidays!