Studies have shown that between Thanksgiving and New Year's, people will gain 2-5 lbs, and 8 out of 10 people will not lose that weight over the next year.
Are you ready to enjoy the holidays and avoid the weight gain that typically comes along with them? Here are some tips that can help:
1. Drink a glass of water before you have that glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage. Also, have a glass of water between each drink. Alcohol stimulates the appetite, water can slow you down in-between and eliminate the not so pleasant after effects of having too much. If you really want to watch calories, drink sparkling water or tonic with lemon or lime, its party-like yet low cal.
2. Do not starve yourself before a party, this can only lead to binging and over-eating. Eat small, healthy meals/snacks throughout the day to keep yourself full but not stuffed. When at a party or gathering take small portions. Do not feel you have to try everything that has been put out on the table. Be picky. Bring your own healthy snacks if you really want to play it safe. As a fellow trainer put it remember the 4 P's: Prior planning prevents pigging-out.
3. When talking with people, step away from the food tables and bar, you will be less likely to graze and/or ask for refills on your beverage.
4. Fit exercise in every day, even if it is only 15-20 minutes. I can not emphasize this enough. Do something everyday. Move the body. Remember, move more and eat less. Try to workout before the party, you will be less likely to put garbage in after having completed a good workout. You'll have worked to hard to look good in that dress or suit to blow it. Also, exercise will help you stay sane amidst the chaos of the holidays. Oh, and did I mention you'll look darn good.
5. With all the food available at parties, come up with other activities that can be done in a social setting, go for a walk around the block and judge the holiday decorations, play a game that everyone can get involved with, sing and/or dance. Find something that will keep you busy and away from the food tables.
The holidays are meant to be enjoyed with family and friends. They are meant to have good times and to remember what is really important, family, friends, and good health. Make plans to enjoy your holidays the healthy way.