It is almost impossible to not gain some extra pounds during the holidays. Right?
We all know that this is a festive season that is filled with lots of parties along with food, more food and even some more food. Even those of us with the strongest of willpower can crumble under this ‘festival of foods’.
Well, you can relax now. You do not have to squeeze out the fun of the holidays in a bid to squeeze off some more weight.
Here are a few proven tips to help you stay on track – weight loss wise – without missing out on the fun.
5 Proven Tips to Enjoy Holiday Celebrations While Losing Weight
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Get A Weight Watcher Freestyle Plan for Yourself
Staying strong in the weight loss game doesn’t have to be so much trouble – this is the primary focus of the WW Freestyle Plan. Remember the 0 Point Foods List. Zero Point foods are there to help us achieve our goals. So use them. Remember too that the 0 Point foods are not just fruits and veggies; they are the foods we all love: eggs, chicken, fish, beans etc.
So, before you get to the party, fill up on foods from the 0 Points Food list – without over stuffing yourself. Eat just until you are full. I plan to choose higher protein items on the 0 Points foods list to eat. Eggs, grilled chicken, tuna, etc. along with fruits and vegetables.
Since we can’t control what may be getting served at a party, I plan on saving my points for then and eating 0 Point foods until we get there.
Be Ready To Say Yes to Moving More
We all know that exercise is the second half of the weight-loss equation with healthy eating being the first half. Due to the busyness of the holiday season, you may not have the time to visit the gym or sneak exercise in like you used to. Engaging in activities that keep you on the move is a good way to substitute for heading to the gym when we are busy during the holiday season.
Since it’s a bit cooler here in Florida, I have just recently been walking more myself. I have been pretty lucky being on the program for almost a year now and not really having done much exercise at all. And to my surprise, I actually look forward to it. I find I get my best ideas for blog posts during that time!
Choose Your Meal Wisely
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not expecting you to pull out carrots at every party. But just be mindful of what you are picking to eat. True, you lost the weight once, you can do it again. But remember that when we fall off the weight loss wagon during the holidays, it is difficult hopping back on. One day leads to another and before you know it, all your hard work has been undone.
So choose your foods wisely even as you get involved in the holiday fun. Don’t drown yourself in diet-destroying drinks either. Those points at up. Just be picky!
Keep Your Cravings In Check
Foods, especially unhealthy foods, are plain and simply a part of the holiday celebration. I think the eating frenzy begins on Thanksgiving and doesn’t go away until after New Years!
Seriously, what do you expect from a season where an out-of-shape man goes around sharing cookies and candies with everyone?
To stay strong in the face of this temptation, it is crucial to keep your cravings in check. How? The best way around this is staying full. You crave less when you are full and it is best to fill yourself with healthy foods before attending any festive party. Again, this is where the 0 Points Food List comes in.
This way, you have little to no space in your belly left to accommodate all those unhealthy foods at the parties.
Keep It Small!
I can’t stress this enough. Keep it small and you can sample “all”. Yes, there is an overflow of foods, drinks, and snacks at the holidays but that doesn’t mean you have to eat it all. Keep portion size small, taste it all, and you won’t feel deprived. Use your points, fit points, weekly points, but be mindful of your portion size. To help with that, use the small plate trick. Bigger plates mean more room for food. A smaller plate, on the other hand, is a good reminder that you have a weight loss battle to win. So, keep it small and “sample” all.
Those are my 5 proven tips to enjoy holiday celebrations while losing weight. I plan on enjoying myself while remembering not to undo all the hard work from this past year. Remember too, it’s not all about the food, it’s about being with family, friends and making memories. We will always have a holiday on the horizon and treat it as just another day of eating healthier – not eating more.
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