The Holidays are here and so are the parties and gatherings that lead to weight gain. It’s the season for families and friends to be gathering around the table to celebrate the many wonderful blessings of the past year, enjoy and moment of peace and joy, and make wishes for the the year ahead. If you’re trying to lose weight these festivities can present huge challenges. First, there’s the food itself which looks and smells so good. Then there’s the tradition involved of your favorite this, Mom’s special that. It’s having family and friends there prompting you to “try this.” People expect you to eat…a lot. And many of us have to do this more than once because there are multiple family homes we visit during the holidays.
Q: How do you get through the holiday meal war zone without completely blowing your weight loss goals?
A: Get a strategy before you march into battle!
Try one or more from the list below.
#1) Eat healthy before you go.
You’ll be full and less likely to over-do once at the party.
#2) Control your portions.
Consider having 1-2 bites only of any particular food so you get to taste it all without having full-sized portions of everything which would equal overeating.
#3) Set your intention.
You want to be a part of the celebration and spend time with family and friends. It doesn’t have to be about the food. Before you go remind yourself why you’re going. “I’m here because__________.”
#4) Make your plate look full.
Spread out your food then throw away part of it like children do. You don’t have to clean your plate.
#5) If your family serves buffet style, try to get at the back of the line.
Some guests will be almost finished eating by the time you sit down with your plate. If you eat quickly due to smaller portions, people won’t notice as much. AND you’ll be less likely to go back for seconds just to be a part of the gathering still sitting down.
#6) Stretch it out.
Eat slowly and enjoy each bite. Put your fork down between each bite.
#7) Drink lots of water.
It will help you to stay full and will take up time at the table.
Do you have a strategy you’d like to share with us? Write it in the comments below.