Many people that are on a weight loss regimen fear the holiday season. Many athletes have some fear in the holiday season as well. No one wants to gain unwanted weight during the holiday season, but you also don't want to feel left out of the festivities or should I say "Feast-tivities". Yes it is those feasts that we fear so much. We love the food, but if not proactive prior to attending those feasts all heck can break loose on the waist line.
We all know we want to stick to our goals, but sometimes the goal has to be maintain from November 30th through January 2nd and it's a win. Utilize these tips, they may help you continue on your goals or maintain through the holidays.
1. Drink Plenty of Water - Water has no calories and can make you feel full. It also helps aid the digestion, which will help rid your body of processed foods at a much greater pace.
2. Use Health Oils and Less Oil When You Cook - Reducing the oils or fats will not make your food taste bad. Choosing healthier oils like olive, canola, walnut, and seasame will bring great flavor and healthy fatty acids.
3. Go for Walks - Walk 30 minutes prior to your gathering, and make sure you walk for 45-60 minutes after your holiday feast or party. Make it a new tradition. It is a nice way to talk to family members and friends.
4. Plan Outdoor Activities - Plan activities like shooting hoops, tossing a football, or frisbee around prior and/or after eating your meal. This gets other family members involved and keeps you active. You can even make it a game where maybe a winner gets a small extra gift.
5. Eat a Healthy Snack - Eating a healthy snack prior to going to a family gathering or party will help you from getting hungry prior to the meal. This will keep you from snacking or over snacking prior to the meal.
6. Take Extra Small Portions and Chew Well - If you take a extra small portions you can try and enjoy everything that is served and still stay close to your caloric needs. On top of small portions, chew your food extra well. This will allow more time for your brain to make the connection to your digestive system to indicate it is satisfied.
7. Keep Alcohol to a Minimum - Make a deal with yourself prior to the event that you will only consume 1-2 drinks. Drink water for the first hour you are at the gathering have a drink, then wait a hour or two depending on how long you will be at the event to drink your other drink or have it with your meal. Finish the night with water. This will keep you feeling good, while keeping the empty calories down.
You can enjoy the holidays, the feasts, the parties, and your friends and family without weight gain or not reaching your goals. Just make sure you stay active, and follow a few simple tips to help you to stay on your track.