The holiday season is in full force and many of you are on some sort of a weight loss plan. Now, the question is: is it realistic to continue trying to lose weight during this time? This time of the year means that you have not only family gatherings, but work gatherings, potlucks, happy hour. You name it. I myself already have five holidays parties scheduled within a week. So how on earth can you manage your weight loss with all of the goodies around?
What I tell my clients in my office is, during this time, your goal should be maintaining your weight. If January 1st comes and you are at the same weight, you have succeeded! And if you weigh even less than you did before, even more power to you,. However, it’s important to know that you shouldn’t stress too much about your weight loss. This is the most wonderful time of the year and the time to relax with friends and family.
Here are my recommendations on how to navigate this holiday season.
- Do not save up your calories for the party. Actually, have your normal day with breakfast, lunch and snack. Remember, your hunger hormone ghrelin will act up during the holiday party if you wait too long to eat and you’ll likely end up with ten mushroom quiches in your mouth
- Holiday parties are for socializing at the end of the day. Don’t expect to go there to eat your dinner. So, kill your hunger by eating something an hour before you go. It’s important not to think this will add more calories. Yes, initially you’ll be consuming more, but in the long run this will ensure you won’t binge on foods that are probably much less healthful. Here are some recommendations:
- 2 cups of vegetable soup
- Fruit and Greek yogurt
- Hard boiled egg and an apple
- Don’t stand by the table of food during your socializing. Serve yourself a plate and move away. If you camp there, you may be putting things on your plate or in your mouth while you chat without being mindful of how much you’re eating
- Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails. Go with a plan in mind and set a number of how many drinks you’re going to have. Remember, you can fake it with seltzer of soda water if you need a drink in your hand for social reasons.
Keep all of this in mind as you navigate through the corporate Christmas parties and family potlucks. One part of living a healthy life is taking care of yourself and enjoying life is definitely what the holidays are all about!