With work parties, family celebrations, leftovers and festive treats around every corner, resistance proves to be a challenge. Overindulging seems inevitable during the holiday season, but it is possible to enjoy in moderation. Small decisions over time make a big difference. With the right mindset and a few tricks up your sleeve, the added holiday pounds can hit the naughty list.
Use these 10 tips to avoid the holiday bulge:
- Taste and freeze. When a friend or neighbor brings over a pie or sweet treat, take a slice and freeze the rest. Try freezing the treat in individual servings to prevent overeating all at once.
- Pre-game. Eat a small, healthy meal before heading to a holiday party. If you arrive starving, it’ll be easier to overeat on decadent foods rather than having one or two servings.
- Think slow and steady. Eat and drink slowly. Take your time socializing to create a distraction from the dessert bar.
- Make it a garden party. If the party is a buffet, go for a plate of fresh fruits or a salad as a first course.
- Water, please. Watch the calories in drinks. Alcohol isn’t the only beverage with excessive calories. Juices, cider and eggnog add up to significant calories and fat.
- Follow your nose. Limit your taste-testing when cooking to prevent eating a whole meal while you’re cooking it. Try small bites or judge the meal by the smell.
- Move it, or lose It. As your schedule gets busier, make time for exercise. Plan a workout class with a friend. Go for a walk before a big meal. Walk the mall instead of online shopping.
- Pace yourself. If you’re planning on having a larger feast, it may be helpful to have a lighter breakfast and lunch.
- Pick a favorite. Choose to indulge on your favorite dessert instead of trying one of all of them.
- Use the buddy system. Find a friend who will help you stay on track. Find ways together to fight off grazing and snacking on leftovers.