October is coming to a rapid end giving way to the exciting holidays seasons of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Holidays allows us to time to socialize with family and friends, eat savory foods, enjoy spiked drinks and the excuse to be lazy to recoup from all the celebrating. As your pants slowly start growing tighter, you quietly tell yourself… “I will start my weight loss or healthy living on January 1st.” But every year, without fail, it’s the same routine. You eat, drink and sleep to your heart’s content which causes you to gain the same holiday season pounds as the previous years. Next you make the New Year’s resolution to work out and eat healthy to lose the pounds you gifted yourself. You go to the gym and eat healthy during the months of January. February you slowly start losing will power. By March your New year’s resolution becomes an Epic Fail.
Studies have shown that typical American may gain five to ten pounds over the six-week holiday season. This year avoid the typical weight gain by maintaining healthy habits during the holidays season.
10 Ways To Prevent Holiday Weight Gain
Limit Alcohol Intake – Drinking alcohol can lower your inhibitions which may cause you to over eat. Limit yourself to one drink and sip it slowly during an event or gathering. If possible, choose an alcohol beverage that is low in sugar to avoid access calories.
Learn To Say No – Pressure from the hostess to eat more is a common issue that is faced during the holiday season. To not offend the host and your waistline take seconds in much smaller portions. Your hostess will not even notice the portion size and your waistline will thank you later.
Use A Smaller Plate – Plate sizes have grown significantly over the years. If possible, use a salad plate which is on average 8 inches round instead of a large dinner plate which can be as large as 12 inches round. Using smaller plates encourages smaller portion sizes. Even with a smaller plate, your brain will still equate your plate as a full plate.
Drink Water – During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is easy to forget to drink water. Make it your goal to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Your body can easily confuse being thirsty with being hungry so drinking water will keep you from eating when your body was actually thirsty.
Weigh Twice A Week – Some experts recommend weighing once a week, or even less, but during the holiday season weighing twice a week may help keep the pound from sneaking up on you.
Eat Slowly – Eating Slow is not an easy task, but necessary because it takes your brain on average 20 minutes to receive the signal from your stomach that it is full. Take your time and chew your food slowly to enjoy every bite.
Never Skip Meals or Go Anywhere Hungry – Skipping meals may seem like a smart way to “save up” calories to eat and drink later, but it can set you up to eat way more calories than you bargained for. Instead try eating a lean protein snack such as cheese or yogurt to take the edge of your hunger and keep you in control.
Stay Active – Exercise is probably the last thing on your mind during the holiday season, but it is a must if you are to keep your weight in check. Don’t worry if you cannot maintain your usual workout routine… Just stay active. Instead of taking a nap after you eat, take a 10-20-minute walk around the block.
Reduce Stress – The holiday seasons are a joyous, but they can also become stressful with tasks such as visiting family, cooking and shopping. Increased stress can trigger increased eating and cravings. If you feel yourself becoming stressed try out these ways to de-stressed before you go for the junk food.
Don’t Punish Yourself – The holiday season is meant to be enjoyed so don’t deprive yourself of everything because it has the possibility of back firing. Instead indulge in holiday food and drink in moderation.
Enjoy Yourself and Happy Holidays!