4 Tips to Stick to Your Diet During the Holidays
With the holidays quickly approaching, you’ll probably be facing lots of temptation. Between office parties and family gatherings, you’ll need to have the willpower to resist all of the delicious seasonal food and sweets. Don’t let the celebrating this season undo all of the hard work you’ve put in throughout the year. We’ve put together a list of some tips to help you keep calm, healthy, and jolly during the holidays:
- Keep Track of Your Foods
To help avoid overeating, we recommend you write down your holiday weight goals (keeping your same weight/not gaining, losing weight, etc.) and keep track of your foods throughout the day. Weigh yourself daily to monitor yourself as well. We don’t recommend “calorie banking” (starving yourself throughout the day to eat poorly later on) but writing down your food and calories throughout the day will let you see what food you can indulge in at the party. Don’t overeat, but don’t deprive yourself either. Choose your foods wisely!
- Don’t Stop Exercising
Holiday festivities can get to the best of us. The stress of making sure you’re hitting all the best sales for gifts, getting the baked goods ready, decorating the house – you’re exhausted and have no motivation to do anything. Try to wake up and do a workout at home, or go for a run. No matter how busy or stressed you get, squeeze in one or two workouts a week so you don’t lose motivation.
- Try to Skip Alcohol
Festive-themed drinks are another temptation during the holidays. If you want to drink, make sure you know what’s in your drink to avoid extra unwanted calories. Mimosas, Screwdrivers, vodka and cranberry, and other drinks made with fruit are packed with sugar and will leave you craving sweet stuff. Keep your drinks as healthy as possible and in moderation.
- Avoid making high expectations
Even the fittest and healthiest people have days where they overeat or don’t eat the best of foods. If you eat a little more than you probably should of, that’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up! As long as you force yourself to go back to healthy eating right afterward. Eating poorly one day won’t ruin your diet, but making poor choices consistently will.
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