Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but not for our waistlines. Holiday parties and family gatherings bring fun and joy, but they also bring a lot of overindulging. Many of us struggle with holiday weight gain, but there are ways to stay on track this season. Instead of trying to eliminate all your favorites treats and dishes, here are some realistic weight loss tips so you can have a healthy holiday.

1. Keep food “out of sight, out of mind”

“Out of sight, out of mind” may be a cliché, but it’s a popular saying for a reason. That’s because it really works!

At home, keep the holiday candies and chocolates tucked away, only bringing them out for guests. If you have a dish that you love, red and green grapes can be a festive and healthy treat to display.

If you’re hosting, leaving the dishes in the kitchen instead of on the table reduces the temptation to grab a second helping. Or you can leave a dish you don’t love (hello, green beans) in front of you and put the buttery rolls at the other end of the table.

If you’re at a party, try to stay in an area away from the food. You can also keep your back turned to the food. That way it won’t be in your direct line of sight. The less tempted you are, the less likely you are to overindulge.

2. Always use a plate

Grabbing a cookie or a handful of M&Ms every time you pass by adds up quickly. Instead, make a rule to always use a plate when you are eating this holiday season. It makes you more mindful of your portion size and helps you actually enjoy what you are eating.

3. Focus on socializing

If you immediately head to the table of appetizers at a holiday party, pause and focus on socializing instead. Once you start chatting with a group of friends, you might even forget to hit up that cheese plate. Initiating a fun party game is another great way to change the focus from the food to enjoying quality time together.

4. Stay active with your friends and family

Even the most intense workout junkies struggle to get to the gym during the holidays. Instead of worrying about missing your regular workouts, take the holiday as an opportunity to have fun with your exercise. Doing a new activity with your loved ones is a great way to get some exercise in while creating memories.

Does your sister-in-law have a favorite barre studio you could visit together? Do you want to get a family basketball game going? Many people would love to stay active, but may just need a fun suggestion.

5. Keep other healthy habits strong

Last but not least, remember that healthy habits are often in sync. When you are well rested, it is easier to resist cravings. If you are well hydrated, you are less likely to feel hungry. If you are not stressed, you may not give in to emotional eating. Keep a holistic picture of your health and remember to sleep, stay hydrated, and try to relax and enjoy the season.

If you are struggling with weight loss on your own, remember that we are here at Essential Weight Loss to help you on your journey. No person’s journey to health is the same, and we can work with you to develop a program that uniquely works for your lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Take the first step toward a healthier you.