The holidays are notorious for weight gain woes. As soon as Thanksgiving arrives, it’s as though the universe is pointing us out like Uncle Sam: “We want YOU to eat this pie.” Okay, we’re being dramatic, but it takes incredible self-control to reach New Year’s without a few added pounds. We aren’t suggesting you abolish all the joy of holiday eating, because that’s unrealistic and no fun! Instead, use the following tips to strive for balance and moderation when you’re holiday party hopping.
- Keep Healthy Habits During The Week
Since the weekends during the holidays fill up fast with food-indulging frenzies, it helps to keep your diet and exercise routine during the week as normal as possible. If you want to add some pizzazz to your regular meals, use Pinterest or Google to find healthy meals that incorporate new spices, vegetables or ingredients you don’t usually use. This will help you feel that you aren’t missing out on indulgent meals. Also continue your weekday workout routine whenever possible. Fit in your healthy habits during the week so you can treat yourself on the weekend!
- Only Eat The Foods You Love
This is a game of “Rate your Food!” Before filling your plate with everything in sight, take a moment to rate it on a scale of 1-10. Then, choose only those foods that you rated as favorites, in the 9 or 10 range. Healthy options, like fresh veggies, make the perfect way to balance out the other not-so-healthy food.
- Avoid Going Back for Seconds
The goal is moderation, folks! Going back for seconds is a slippery slope to overeating and regret. If you want a taste of everything, take small sample-sized portions to save yourself from overindulging. Remember, if your body is not familiar with fried, greasy food or a lot of alcohol, it’s best to take it easy and avoid feeling sick or uncomfortable after the fact.
- Sleep Is Sacred
Get eight hours or more each night and your body will function better. Sleep affects so many areas of your body and mind, including weight gain and eating habits. Did you know that the more sleep deprived you are, the more hunger hormones your body creates? Getting enough sleep also will help you avoid sickness during the holiday months, because no one has time to be sick!
- Keep Stress Levels Low
Stress typically goes hand-in-hand with the holidays, but this year we challenge you to stay stress-free! This might mean adjusting your lifestyle and learning to say no when too many activities are stacking up. Whatever it means to you, go for it! Stress can increase cortisol levels which are directly related to weight gain, too. Less stress will help you stay healthier and in turn, you will keep the weight off!
These simple strategies lay a foundation for a healthier holiday season and a happier one, too! Happy and healthy is the name of the game!
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