Right around the corner are those New Year’s Resolutions. And why do we need those resolutions??? Well, probably because we will have spent a little over a month indulging in big holiday meals (complete with appetizers, beverages, side dishes and desserts), sampling numerous buffets at office parties, and drinking and overeating at multiple holiday and New Year’s parties. Oh, and then there’s all the cookies and treats that you make – some to share, some to enjoy yourself – right?
The odds are, you will gain weight over the holidays (average is 8-10 pounds), so wouldn’t it be a good idea to head into the holiday season armed with some tips that could keep you from gaining the extra pounds in the first place?
Here are 10 tips that should help you avoid the holiday weight gain
1. Exercise! If you’re already committed to exercising, keep going! Just 1-2 workouts/week will help you maintain your weight. Don’t let the busy season break you from a routine that’s hard to get back to. If you’re not exercising, simply start by walking 20-30 minutes each day.
2. Rest up! Did you know that on average, adults who didn’t get a good night’s sleep will consume an extra 300 calories and choose higher fat foods the next day? So, if you plan to attend a party or event, be sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep the night before.
3. Bring a healthy dish or two to with you. This way if you’re faced with poor options you at least have something healthy to eat.
4. Eat a small, healthy meal before going out. If you arrive to a party on an empty stomach, you’ll head directly to the buffet table to fuel up and chances are you’ll load up on more food than you need.
5. Survey the buffet table first. Know what healthy options are there. Don’t feel compelled to take a “little of everything.”
6. Start with the healthiest items first. Studies show that you consume the most food on your “first pass” through the buffet line, so load your plate with healthy items like salad, lean protein and vegetables.
7. Choose a salad or dessert plate instead of a dinner plate. The average calories consumed at a holiday dinner or buffet is 3,000! If you use a smaller plate, you’ll take smaller portions and eat about 40% less.
8. Take small bites and eat slowly. You’ll trick your brain into thinking you’ve eaten more than you have and you’ll feel full faster.
9. Go easy on the alcohol – it’s loaded with carbs, sugar and calories. Plus, the more you drink, the more likely you are to take on an “Oh, the heck with it!” attitude when it comes to eating. Drink a lot of water instead!
10. Remember why you’re there. Did you go to a party to share the holidays with friends and family, or to eat? You can eat at home, so socialize! Station yourself as far away from the food table/kitchen as possible. Engage people in conversation, mingle, laugh and enjoy!
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