Although this holiday season may feel quite different this year, it is possible enjoy your food, time with family, and not worry about gaining weight.
One of the biggest reasons for weight gain around the holidays is a lack of planning and strategy. It also is more likely to happen if you let the holiday overindulging continue the whole season, rather than just one or two days. Remember – it’s what you do on most days that counts.
While it may be tempting to eat all the things you haven’t eaten in a while just because, it’s helpful to put simply put things into perspective. Do you actually like all the food you’re eating, or are you just eating it because it’s in front of you? If it’s the latter, don’t waste the calories or your time on it!
Plus, ask yourself how good it would feel to not have to start yet another diet this New Year year? You have enough to worry about in 2020, so don’t make it harder things harder than they have to be.
Here are my 6 top tips to avoid overeating this holiday season.
- Get in some physical activity earlier in the day on the holiday. When you do this, it’ll set you up for being more mindful and for better habits later in the day. Ideally if possible, get outside! The fresh air and vitamin D will improve your mood and help you to make better choices.
- Keep food at the counter/island instead of at the table. Your environment is huge when it comes to how and how much you eat. The traditional way of eating holiday meals is to have all the platters all out on the table, so it’s so easy to grab for more. Instead, keep platters on the counter/island and having each guest self-serve. Start having conversations with your family now about this so you’re all on the same page before the big meal.
- Eat normally as you would earlier in the day. In other words, don’t skip meals or “save” your calories for the holiday meal. Saving all your calories will lead to extreme hunger and will make it harder for you to control your portions. Just eat as you normally would, drink plenty of water, and listen to your body when it’s hungry and full!
- Only choose the foods that you really like, instead of feeling you have to try everything. Fill your plate with your top 5 foods and leave the rest alone. Filling your belly with extra calories from food you don’t really care about is just not worth it. So many times, we overeat on food only because it’s right in front of us. You do have the control to say no when that food isn’t worth it to you!
- Use a smaller plate for dessert. The pies and cookies are often what throw us over the edge into a food coma. Using a smaller plate such as an appetizer-sized plate will prevent overeating and will make you feel more satisfied. If you’re using a large plate, you’ll feel inclined to fill it and will end up feeling uncomfortable.
- Don’t feel guilty for anything and start new the next day. Even if you overate – instead of feeling guilty and mad at yourself for it, just start fresh the next day. Don’t let it defeat you and let it blow your whole week or even worse, the whole holiday season. This is what leads to weight gain – not one day of overeating. The sooner you get back to your usual healthy routine with your diet and exericise, the easier it will be.
Remember your health goals and aspirations and let that keep you on track. The scale does not have to change just because it’s the holidays. Let this be the first year that you don’t go on another diet in January!! If you want a sustainable weight loss plan, CONTACT ME today to get on my 1:1 wait list.