The holiday season is a super exciting time for everyone since it’s filled with fun, family, and festivities. And while it may be all about celebrating and indulging, there are a few important things to keep in mind if you want to stay healthy and avoid holiday weight gain. There’s no denying that I have a major sweet tooth, so resisting sugary desserts and snacks is always the hardest part about the holidays. However, I don’t believe in restricting myself too much and instead eat whatever I crave most in moderation. Now that Christmas is only about 10 days away, I wanted to share some of my tricks and tips that will help you feel good all month long while still being able to enjoy everything that comes with the holiday season.
1. Eat smaller portions
As I already mentioned, cutting sweets is the hardest part for me, so I compensate for that by eating smaller portions. If you find that portion control is difficult for you, then try grabbing a smaller plate or bowl to ensure you don’t go overboard on servings. I’ve also been to many parties where appetizers such as dips are served straight from a huge platter. Instead of grabbing from the platter, I prefer to portion out what I’ll eat on a smaller plate. I find this incredibly helpful for portion control.
2. Be active with friends and family
Since it’s really hard to get active around the holidays with the weather being so cold, Phil and I try to find activities that require physical movement but are still fun. Instead of watching holiday movies all the time, we’ll go to the skating rink or explore downtown St. Paul to enjoy the beautiful architecture and Christmas lights. Whenever we have family or friends come from out of town, I also love taking them to the Mall of America. Even though I do most of my shopping online these days, walking around that huge shopping space is a great way to get active.
3. Snack right
Holiday parties sneak up on us frequently, but I try not to let it completely disrupt my normal eating routine. Whenever I’m snacking throughout the week, I make a conscious effort to eat vegetables with hummus, lots of fruits, and nuts. Not only are they great for the digestive system, but they also keep us fuller for longer, preventing the need to stuff our faces. If you have a party to attend, it’s a good idea to have a healthy snack beforehand so you can resist the urge to eat.
4. Incorporate quick workouts into your routine
I go through periods when I work out more than others – and unfortunately, the holiday timeframe isn’t one of them. However, I don’t beat myself up about it. Instead, try to add mini, effective exercises to my routine a few times a week. Doing so helps increase your metabolism over time. It’s key to remember that a good workout isn’t limited to a gym. Using your bodyweight to work up a sweat can produce results. Squats, lunges, and crunches on a Bosu ball are some of my favorite workouts to do in the comfort of my home.
5. Limit alcohol consumption
Although I do love a glass of wine or champagne, I’ve realized that social drinking makes me more inclined to overeat. So, if you’ve got a party to attend – or if you’re waiting for a table at a restaurant, skip the bar and pre-dinner drinks. Instead, opt for only one or two glasses after dinner. Since you’ll be fuller after dinner, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to drink anything else. Also, keep in mind that soda, cocktails, and beer can oftentimes be high in calories, which can really add up in an entire month. Drinking in moderation will definitely help you avoid holiday weight gain.
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