Are you worried about packing on the pounds during the holidays? It can be tough to stick to your healthy eating habits during this time of year, especially with all of those holiday parties to attend. There are some things you can do to prevent holiday weight gain and stay on track with your healthy lifestyle.
- It’s all mental: Instead of focusing on trying to lose weight during the holidays, try and focus more on not gaining any weight. Continue your same exercise regimen and indulge in your favorite holiday foods in small portions. Depriving yourself will not make the holiday season enjoyable. Eat slowly and savor every bite!
- Have a Snack: If you’re going to a party, have a healthy, filling snack before you leave home. Try something with a little bit of protein and fiber, such as toast with peanut butter or yogurt sprinkled with fruit. You will be less likely to overeat later.
- Don’t drink your calories: Try and have low calorie drinks such as diet sodas, light beer, or a wine spritzer. Punch, eggnog, and mixed drinks can contain up to 500 calories per drink!
- Don’t hover: Try not to hang around the food area at a party. Once you get your food, walk away to the opposite side of the room. Focus on the people and fun conversations instead of the food table.
- Get moving: It may be hard to find time to make it to the gym during the holiday season, but you can still get your heart pumping in other ways. When Christmas shopping, try and walk a little faster than usual, you’ll burn some extra calories and get your shopping done faster! Plan fun activities that don’t involve food such as, making gingerbread houses, Christmas decorating, playing games, or taking a Christmas light tour of the homes in your neighborhood.
It is possible to enjoy the holidays and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. Remember, the most important thing is moderation. You don’t want to take the fun out of the season by depriving yourself. So indulge in your favorite treats in small portions and keep moving-you’ll keep the pounds off for sure!
Shelly Edens is a registered dietician with Memorial Hospital. For more info, visit us at Memorial Hospital.