That time is upon us all. The time during the year that we get to see all of family and friends…and EAT! Eat, eat and eat some more. That’s the theme this year and every year to come. How does one actually lose weight during the holidays? I’m currently in the works of trying to shed 10 more lbs before my July wedding and these are my top 10 list of things that have helped me in previous years not go overboard on the holiday food.
- Get your beauty sleep. It will help everything!
- Eat a balanced and healthy breakfast loaded with lots of protein to fill you up early.
- Eat an apple (or other piece of fruit) before you head over to the family’s get-together. Click here to see a study about how people ate an apple before lunch/dinner and ate an average of 187 fewer calories(http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2008-01-08-no-hunger-diet_N.htm)
- Increase your veggie intake, fresh vegetables have mega nutrients and a low amount of calories
- Keep on exercising! Workout all that stress that happens during the holidays! Even if you overindulged a bit over a holiday meal don’t let that one meal weigh you down. Try to get at least 10 minutes of cardio a day to burn off all though calories.
- Track calories. It’s not the end all be all, but it really does help the weight loss struggle.
- Watch your portions. You can have some potatoes but don’t fill your pate with 3/4 of mashed potatoes with gravy…then get a second helping. It’s all about balance!
- Drink water, water, water, water and more water. I know it’s hard to break from the good apple juice and eggnog but just do it. It makes a difference.
- Slow down and savor, it will make the food much more appreciated and tasty while giving your stomach the time to tell you when it’s full.
- Last of all, and this is one of those things that I really wish wasn’t true but find it makes a difference time and time again: slim down on the alcohol. That’s right, only have one glass of wine (or better yet skip it) instead of having the 4 glasses of wine. It will also help you stop the mindless snacking.
I know, I know it’s not very much fun to think about portions during the holidays. If you do things right you will make some small changes over time that it doesn’t seem like such a feat every holiday. Oh-and have some fun too!
Most of all-focus on how thankful you are to have all your loving friends and family around you. Focus more on the people than the food.
Much love and Happy Holidays!