The holidays are upon us and with them come the tempting treats offered up at office parties and neighborhood gatherings. Despite our best efforts to have “just one,” those little extras can add up.
So what’s the harm in a little holiday weight gain, especially if it’s just a pound? According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. And when those pounds start to add up year after year, holiday weight gain can become an important factor in adult obesity.
The good news? You don’t have to fall into this trap! It is possible to enjoy holiday goodies without putting on a single pound. The answer? Portion control! But we know, that’s easier said than done, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you combat to temptation to over indulge.
1. Never Arrive Hungry
Planning ahead can help you maintain composure when you come face to face with those chocolate goodies. Try to have a nutritious snack before or drinking some water before adding to your plate.
2. Divert Your Attention
As hard as it may be to believe, there is more to a holiday party than the food! Divert your attention away from the food table and towards your friends and family. This may be the chance you’ve always wanted to get to know your great aunt just a little bit better.
3. Pace Yourself
Keep control of how much you each by taking your time. Don’t try to only eat for 30 minutes – you’ll end up just cramming in more food. Chew slowly and take your time in order to stay in control.
4. Limit Your Alcohol
Avoid drinking too much alcohol at holiday parties. Besides the obvious reasons and potential embarrassments, drinking too much can help you lose control over what you eat.
5. Be Choosy About Sweets
When it comes to dessert, be very selective. Know your limits – everyone has a different level of self-control. If you’re not able to try “just one” then don’t try any at all!
6. Bring Your Own Treats
Whether you’re going to a friend’s party or office potluck, consider bringing a low-calorie treat that you know you’ll enjoy. Bringing your own dessert will make the more fattening alternatives less tempting.
7. Walk It Off
Make a new holiday tradition: the family walk. Besides burning some extra calories, this will get everyone away from the food for a while.
At Victory Weight Loss and Wellness, we help you take control of your weight loss success. Our physician-supervised weight loss programs are customized for your individual goals and needs. If you’re ready to start the journey to a new, healthy you, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.