The holiday season is a very joyous time and we should all be celebrating! But so many people get concerned about gaining weight because there are so many parties, people bringing treats to the office, and family get-togethers. We all have our favorite treats that we just can't resist! In order to prevent weight gain and still enjoy your holiday favorites, here are 5 tips to help you enjoy the season without feeling guilty!
1. Don't arrive hungry
If you are going to a holiday party and you know the food will be irresistible, eat a healthy snack before you go! This will allow you to still enjoy the food, but in smaller portions!
2. Portion control
No matter how delicious those Santa-shaped cookies look, no one needs to eat 6 of them. If there is a wide spread of food, don't shy from trying something because you're worried about gaining weight, but don't load your plate down to where it is overflowing either. It takes 3500 calories to gain a pound. So one spoonful of each dish is what I would recommend. It allows you to try everything, but not over-do it!
3. Limit alcohol
Alcohol has a lot of calories and they can sneak up on your very quickly, so limiting how often and how much you drink is important! Drinking a glass of water between beverages is recommended too!
4. Bring a healthy dish
If you are asked to provide a dish or just feel that you want to contribute something, choose a food that isn't so heavy like a big salad (still watch the dressing and what you put in it!) instead of a casserole that's loaded with heavy cream and cheese. Veggie and fruit trays are great to bring for snacking instead of a calorie packed dip with crackers. Other people will appreciate the healthier option too!
5. Don't over eat
When you start feeling full, stop eating. Don't continue to eat until you put yourself in a food coma! Your body clearly doesn't need that extra food!
6. Don't take leftovers home
By not having that food sitting in your fridge, you won't be tempted to eat it! The same can be said for buying foods that you will be tempted to eat and keeping them in an easy to reach place!