How to NOT Weight Gain Over The Holidays

By Abigail Reyes on December 4, 2013

It is very easy to gain weight over the holidays. From October through January, you’re faced with heaps of everything from Halloween candy to Thanksgiving food, holiday parties and family dinners. On top of that, the weather is cold and you just don’t feel like exercising. All you want to do is get cozy near the fireplace with a spoon and your pecan pie while watching Christmas re-runs on ABC family. Though it may seem tempting to gorge yourself with food and pull out your “big” jeans, you can actually enjoy the holidays without gaining a ton of weight. It is possible to make it to New Year without gobbling up every last holiday goodie. So save your New Year’s resolution for something else, and follow these tips to help you stay healthy and keep holiday weight gain at bay.

 

Plan or prepare your meals in advance: When you plan your meals you already know what you are going to eat that day, so you are less likely to eat anything else. Also, you don’t have to stress about your meal being too high in fat or calories because you are preparing it yourself.

 

Keep healthy snacks on hand: Things like raw almonds, watermelon, apples, and cucumber slices in case you are anxious or just want something healthy to munch on without going overboard on calories.

 

Eat to savor, not gorge: The first three bites are always the best, so really enjoy and savor them. You will find that you are satisfied and won’t feel the need to finish the whole plate. Besides, maybe you weren’t really hungry and were just craving the taste.

 

Eat like a kid: You will notice that kids will take a bite out of their food, then talk and play, sort of forgetting about their plate for a minute, and then return to eat if they’re still hungry.

 

Encourage friends to take leftovers home: When food is in sight, it is more tempting to eat it and harder to resist, so encourage your friends to take the leftovers home.

 

Drink water: Instead of wasting calories on sugary drinks that won’t fill you, drink tea or fill up on water. Drinking water before eating will also keep you from overeating sometimes you think you are hungry when your body is actually trying to tell you that you’re dehydrated.

 

Write it down: Take note of everything you eat. It doesn’t matter if you just scribble it on a napkin. Sometimes it’s easy to forget about that midnight snack or those extra bites in between mealtime. Writing down every single bite will keep you in check and make you more aware of how much you are really eating.

 

Schedule your workout like an appointment: You wouldn’t miss a doctor’s appointment, so make an appointment with yourself to go and workout. It is a great way to de-stress, and simply moving will motivate you to eat healthier.

 

Bring your own food: If you are going to a party where you know you won’t be able to eat any of the food, bring your own plate of something that you know you can eat and share.

 

Don’t beat yourself up: Remember that every moment is a chance to start anew. If you beat yourself up you will only feel worse and probably end up bingeing even more, causing more damage. Instead, learn from your mistakes, and remember that next time you are tempted you will have more experience and will know what to do.

 

 

 

By Abigail Reyes

Uloop Writer

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