The holiday season is just around the corner, and many of us will struggle with unwanted weight gain. As we get into the season, we are faced with countless opportunities to indulge in our favorite treats. We load up our plate with a little of everything (and often a lot of many things) and dive in. It’s only one day, right? Well, not really.
We eat heaps of food on the actual holiday, but we graze a lot this time of year too. Ultimately, we end up overeating. After Thanksgiving dinner it would be ideal to get up and get moving, but more often than not, we are exhausted and uncomfortable. All of our energy is zapped from the big meal we just consumed – we call it the “food coma.”
Here are some tips to get you through the holiday season:
Do your best to limit your grazing.
It isn’t easy to keep yourself from trying all the goodies when they are within an arm’s reach so keep you house and office clear of them. Keep only a little for yourself and give the rest away. Allot yourself a certain amount, preferably one serving, and take very small amounts to satisfy your craving.
Keep healthy snacks on hand to fill you up.
Try foods with protein and fiber as they will keep you fuller. Look for whole grain foods, raw vegetables, low fat dairy, lean meats and poultry. Prepare some items ahead of time so that when you feel like you need a quick snack you can pull a yogurt out of the fridge or grab a few whole grain crackers and a small piece of grilled or baked chicken.
Try to keep moving!
As the holiday shopping season gets underway, rather than wasting your time stalking exiting shoppers to get their parking spot, find the farthest spot in the lot and take those extra steps into the store. In the time it would take you to clinch the closest spot, you could have burned those extra holiday calories.
Rather than torturing yourself with unrealistic goals this holiday season, set yourself up to succeed. Focus on preventing weight gain by knowing your limits. Plan healthy snacks while allowing yourself to indulge a little here and there and balance it all with physical activity you can work into your busy holiday schedule.