It’s that time of year again — awesome parties with friends and family, crazy shopping experiences and ludicrous amounts of delicious food lurking around every corner! From holiday frosted cookies to eggnog, these extra avenues of consumption are likely to make you gain an extra pound or two. But what’s the big deal with an extra pound gained, right? WRONG!
Research done by the National Institutes of Health shows that most Americans NEVER lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays! The pounds add up over the years, making holiday weight gain an important factor in today’s obesity problem.
Here are 10 ways to avoid holiday weight gain:
- Never arrive hungry – Plan ahead so you can maintain discipline in the face of temptation! Have a nutritious snack before you arrive to a gathering. If you do arrive hungry, drink some water before filling up your plate.
- Divert your attention – Sometimes it’s hard to forget that there’s more to a holiday party than the delicious food. Enjoy the good company and focus on something other than the food. Start up a conversation or show off your wicked dance moves — take your mind off of food.
- Pace yourself – Don’t cram as much as you can in half an hour! Chew slowly so you fill up with less food. To grub at a leisurely pace, put your fork down between every bite.
- Keep track of what you eat – It’s easier to limit yourself when eating a meal, but what about those little snacks here and there? It’s easy to lose count of how many you eat so keep track by stashing toothpicks in your pocket for each one. Set a limit and stick to it!
- Outsmart the buffet – When food is served buffet-style, use the smallest plate available and don’t stack your food. Limit your helpings to a single serving and go for the simplest foods on the menu. Remember, fresh fruits and veggies are ideal and watch out for sauces and dips.
- Limit alcohol – Avoid drinking too much at holiday parties. It’s not just about the amount of calories you’ll drink, but about control. If you get drunk, you won’t have as much control over what you eat. If you feel out of place without a drink, try sipping water or club soda.
- Be picky with sweets – Be selective when it comes to dessert. Limit yourself to small portions and the number of helpings to keep those pounds off.
- Bring your own treats – Consider bringing a low-calorie treat that you know you’ll enjoy — it’ll make more fattening alternatives less tempting. Fruit is a great choice!
- Limit ‘tastes’ while cooking – If you’re the cook during the holidays, crack down on all those “tastes.” Instead of mindlessly tasting every few minutes, limit yourself to 2 small bites per item pre- and post-seasoning. For tried-and-true recipes, challenge yourself not to taste the dish at all until it’s served.
- Walk it off – Create a new family tradition: the family walk. You’ll burn some extra calories and get away from the temptations of food at the same time. Get off the couch and move! Be sure to check WeatherBug’s Family forecast to find the best times to start this tradition!
Follow these steps and you’ll minimize the exercise you’ll need to do to fit back into that swimsuit when summer arrives!
Stay Safe. Know Before™.
-The WeatherBug Team