The holiday season is a great time of the year to spend with family and friends, but it’s also a time when we’re surrounded by fatty food and turkey comas. The holidays are centered around celebration and feasting on foods that are delicious, but not quite healthy for us.
We’re all merry during the festivities, but then comes the New Year when we look at the scale and realize the number has leaped an undesired amount. This is usually when we all vow to lose weight for our New Year’s resolution. Statistically we can see this resolution take action with the skyrocketing amount of new gym memberships solely in the month of January. Many gyms will sign 30-50 percent of new members at the start of the New Year, but more than 75 percent of those members stop going after a few months. Why don’t we skip ahead and end this year on a high note of health and beauty?
The first thing you must understand is why you eat more during the holidays to prevent this from happening. Many people eat more because of the stress that coincides with the holiday season. It’s not all glitz and glam. Planning an event or balancing the checkbook can be extremely stressful for anyone, and many people see food as a way of comfort. Another reason is the changing weather: Naturally, we’re prone to eat more as a way to keep warm during the colder months. Also, with the cold weather brings lazy people. No one wants to go for a run in 30-degree weather. We’d rather curl up next to the warm fire and enjoy a glass of wine.
Here are a few tips to avoid weigh gain:
1. Why start your New Year’s resolution on January 1st? Set boundaries for yourself now. Create a holiday eating and exercise plan for the last month of the year. If you start off with a goal it is easier to avoid those tempting goodies.
2. Do not go to a party hungry! Eat a snack or even a small meal before going so you don’t immediately load your plate with food. If you arrive full of healthy food from your own kitchen, it’s easier to resist the spread at the party.
3. Portion control: At a party you’re allowed to treat yourself to some yummy snacks, but in moderation. Serve yourself little portions so you can experience the food without gaining the extra pound or two.
4. Don’t be a grazer at a party. Go and mingle! It’s a time of celebration with your friends and family. Spend the time away from the food table, and enjoy the company of others.
5. Limit how much you drink. First of all, alcohol can cause you to gain weight if you don’t drink it in moderation. Along with this, it may cause you to lose your inhibitions and eat the entire buffet.
6. Take a walk after the party. This is a great way to wind down the night. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, but enough to stretch your legs and work off some of those extra calories. Have someone join you. Maybe it could lead to a romantic stroll!
Have a fabulous (and skinny) holiday!