The holidays are a time of year when we can “eat, drink and be merry”. But sometimes, we can overdo it. The average American can put on a pound of weight during the span from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, and some people may put on much more than that. This doesn’t have to be you, however. Here are a few tricks and strategies for you to exit the holiday season looking and feeling the same way you did when you went into it:
- Eat something at home before you go the party to fill you up beforehand. This may seem counterintuitive (eating more food to gain less weight?) but remember: if you’re already full, you’re less likely to eat. And if you don’t want to seem rude, you’ll still be fine grabbing just a bite.
- Do not linger near the buffet line or the hors d’oeuvres table. Just grab a plate (or not) and get away from the danger zone.
- Protein-rich foods are best for satiety (filling you up faster). A trick that can be done year-round, by the way.
- Watch your alcohol intake if you’re conscious of your weight. Too much drinking is one of the fastest ways to pack on some unwanted empty calories.
- Plan your day around it. If you know you have a big holiday get-together to attend, and you know going in that there will be lots of eating and drinking, then that might be a good day to get a good workout in beforehand to offset the difference.
- Above all else: if you’re going to splurge on the holidays, that’s ok! But do it guilt-free! You don’t do it (hopefully) every day. So it’s not the end of the world if you let loose a little bit for a special occasion. Just remember to get back on track when it’s all over. But until then…enjoy the moment.
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