The holidays can seem like a nonstop feeding frenzy. With an endless amount of office goodies, parties, and family gatherings, it’s no wonder so many of us pack on the pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Instead of going on some crazy diet or forgetting your eating inhibitions altogether, a better goal for the holiday season is weight maintenance.
Even though the holidays go from late November to January 1, doesn’t mean you should indulge the entire time. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s should be treated as three separate celebratory days. If treated as such, all the in-between days can be normal healthy-eating days. Planning ahead what and how much to eat and drink and how to handle cravings is the key to weight maintenance when navigating celebratory days.
Try these tips to keep you on track to maintain your weight and ensure you can fit into your favorite jeans during the holiday season while still enjoying the holidays!
- Keep a food journal. A food journal is the perfect way to keep yourself motivated and on track. Studies have shown over and over that when people write down what they eat, they tend to eat less. Journaling keeps you aware of all the little nibbles and bites of food you might otherwise ignore or forget. So get writing!
- Snacking (healthy) before a party is a must! Never go to a party or dinner hungry. Have a small, healthy snack before you go, like a piece of fresh fruit with a handful of almonds, which will keep you from being ravenous at the party.
- Drink responsibly. You can feel free to toast the season, but keep in mind not to drink all your calories. The average alcoholic drink contains around 150 to 200 calories per glass. However, many holiday beverages, such as hot buttered rum, hot toddies, and eggnog, can have twice the amount of calories, which can really add up if you’re having more than one!