The holidays are here and we need to get one thing straight; December is definitely that season to get jolly with yummy sweets and festive foods, and also the time of the year to gain weight. But who likes those extra calories and added pounds that come with the seasonal food. Especially if you have been working very hard at eating healthy, losing or maintaining weight, or controlling your sugar intake, this may be a difficult time for you. You will soon be seeing your healthy eating habits fly out of the window along with your weighing scale. However, you can avoid over eating and sabotaging your hard work by playing it smart and avoiding common mistakes fit folks tend to make around Christmas and New Year’s.
Here are a few tips to get you back on track:
1. GO PREPARED
We all know that holiday dinners and parties include varieties of delicious food items that you are most likely to over indulge in. This is why you should be prepared, a little snack before a festive meal can do you a world of favors. Try something natural like a fruit or you could add in a few veggies and make a salad, this will help you avoid pigging out at these occasions and making better food choices. Also, don’t forget to down a class of water before you leave.
2. MAKE TIME FOR EXERCISE
Never ditch your exercise routine, being the holidays always makes a good excuse for why you can't keep exercising. Of course, it is tough to stay on track when temptations like Christmas treats are all over but set yourself an exercise challenge for the New Year.
Try to find a workout buddy or try group exercises like cycling, Zumba, Yoga or Pilates, this will help you remain motivated.
3. WEIGH YOURSELF
Step on the weighing scale first thing in the morning when your stomach is empty and make a note of your weight, it will show if things are working. It also ensures that you stay on track and that things are working at the ideal rate they should be. It cues you to make changes as needed and avoid those sugary treats.
4. MIND THE DRINKS
Watch what you drink, choose your beverages carefully. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar. When ordering your cocktails, remember the simpler the drink, the better. Not only do the sweet-and-fancy ones tend to have more calories, but the additional sugar can make you even hungrier. This can cause your blood sugar to skyrocket higher than it does on beer, wine, or a shot of something, making the craving worse.
5. DO IT YOURSELF
If you have some big nights out and meals planned over the holiday season, try and compensate by favorite dishes lower in fat and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating. Prepare a meal with you as a friendly gesture and make sure to pig in when its dinner time. Incorporate some of these simple-cooking tips in traditional holiday recipes to make them healthier.
Most of us think that we might as well forget about eating during the holidays. However, it shouldn’t be the case of forgetting your diet, but simply managing it a little more carefully. So go out, enjoy the holidays, plan a time for activity, incorporate healthy recipes into your traditional holiday meals, and don't restrict yourself from enjoying your favorite foods.