The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family, while this is a great time to visit with family and friends, it may not be so great for your waist line. The typical American gains 1-2 pounds throughout the holiday season; this may not seem like much but many people do not lose this weight after the holidays. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you avoid that extra weight gain throughout the holiday season.
Try to avoid skipping meals; skipping meals often leads to overeating later in the day as you tend to be very hungry and over indulge. This results often in eating MORE than if you would have ate regular meals throughout the day.
Instead of using a large plate, try using a smaller plate to help control your portion sizes. If you don’t have the option for a smaller plate, first fill your plate with half fruits and vegetables. Many holiday parties are buffet style which is another easy way you can lose track of portion sizes; because of this try to avoid going back for seconds. If you do go back for seconds make sure to wait at least 10 minutes after you stopped eating your first portion to see if you are still hungry.
Holiday treats will be available almost anywhere you go this time of year so make a game plan ahead of time. Try choosing just one treat to have at each gathering you go to or if you want to have a few different treats, cut the portion size in half to avoid eating large servings of many different treats.
In addition to monitoring your meal intakes, try lightening up some of your favorite recipes by adding less butter and using a fat substitute such as applesauce or try swapping out plain Greek yogurt for sour cream. To add some additional fiber to your recipes, try using whole wheat flour instead of enriched white flour.
Finally, be sure to stay active throughout the season! If the weather is nice go for a walk with your family and friends or try other winter activities such as ice skating, snow shoeing, or skiing.
Be sure to keep these tips in mind at your next holiday gathering!