The holiday season is upon us once again. With it, is likelihood of having to cope with additional pounds come January 2016. There are simple steps you can take to avoid gaining all that weight despite the festive foods, holiday drinks and sumptuous desserts.
First, you need a plan. The first part of the plan is to take a no more pesky pounds pledge that this year will be different from previous years when almost everything found a way into your stomach. The second part of your plan is acknowledging you do not have to eat everything put before you. We’ve all heard the saying, “less is more.” In the battle of the holiday pounds, it is paramount.
If you choose to modify your habits and behaviors before you go a-partying, you will be much happier with yourself at year’s end. The following are simple changes to integrate into your holiday partying life style this year and every year in the future.
Tip one – never to a social gathering on an empty stomach. It is akin to going to a grocery store when you are hungry. Countless studies have shown that hungry people buy more when grocery shopping. So it is with going to a social gathering. Try to have something to eat before you leave for that night of holiday partying. It need not be much and it could be as simple as a cup of broth or soup. Bottom line; don’t starve yourself before with the mistaken belief that you will be able to eat anything you want later.
Tip two – there are certain drinks, desserts and foods you should avoid at all costs. Forget the eggnog. One cup can contain as many as 350 calories before the liquor has been added. In fact, try skipping any drink that has cream for a base, and is topped off with a shot of brandy or other liquor. For a more information on the 10 worst holiday drinks, check out this detailed list high calorie gut busters.
Tip three –Your waistline’s best friend is the hostess who includes selection of crudités, dips and finger foods that are high in protein and calorie friendly including stuffed mushrooms, shrimp, chicken wings, crostini, nuts, fruits and cheese. For last minute ideas, here’s a list of crostini recipes from Real Simple. You can also check out these beautiful photos of crudités appetizer plates and centerpieces for even more ideas.
Tip four –Skip the mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing because these are calorie laden. Add those three items to your plate and you are looking at 750 calories before you have added the turkey, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie. Is it little wonder some holiday meals go over 2,500 for a single meal? Here’s and eye opener as to the calorie count of popular holiday foods.
Tip five – Ah, desserts; yes, they are the downfall of many pledging no more pesky holiday pounds. Let’s be honest. It is almost impossible to go through the next six weeks without having desserts. Moreover, who would want to? We are talking about end of the year celebrations. Rather than feeling deprived, take or request very small dessert portions, enough to experience the dessert without feeling guilt ridden when you get up the next morning. That means a sliver and not a portion the size of your right hand.
These are simple changes you can make. Best of all when 2016 is ushered in you will feel better about yourself and your choices and you will be healthier. Trust me, your body will thank you for it.
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