Enjoy the Holidays – Without Gaining Weight

Thanksgiving is gone, but the holiday season is just ramping up — family and friends from all over are getting together to enjoy decadents meals and treats. While you enjoy seeing family and friends, do you worry about gaining weight or maybe even chock it up to being inevitable? It doesn’t have to be. You can still enjoy yourself without worrying about gaining a pound. Here’s how.

Enjoy The Holidays - Without Gaining Weight

Eat Breakfast

Don’t skip breakfast in order to “make room” for that big dinner later. It might just make it worse. Studies have proven that eating breakfast helps you to feel full and prevents overeating later in the day. You can still enjoy that holiday dinner without skipping any meals.

Limit The Alcohol

Alcoholic drinks are often packed with calories — especially the sweet, holiday ones (see our blog post, How Many Calories Are Really In That Holiday Drink?). Plus, alcohol generally lowers inhibitions, leading you to eat more than you would otherwise. Limit yourself to one or two alcoholic drinks, and save yourself a bunch of calories.

Go With A Plan

People are always going to urge you to eat more or to sample one of their many richly prepared dishes. Don’t let them guilt you in to eating more when you’re full. Be prepared with some one-liners that will politely, but firmly, tell people that you’re not interested. You could simply say, “That looks delicious, but I’m feeling full, and I don’t want to overeat.” It won’t hurt anyone’s feelings, but it gets the message across.

Follow The Rule of ONE

This rule has been gaining more and more traction through the years. It’s easy to follow, but it works. Limit yourself to one of everything. One of each appetizer, one plate of dinner (full but not over-packed), including one portion from each dish, and one alcoholic drink. Even for dessert, plan on only one slice, or maybe two small ones if you want to sample a couple of them. Keeping this rule in mind throughout the evening will help you not to unconsciously overeat.

So go to that holiday get-together, enjoy your family and friends, and don’t worry about gaining weight. These winning tips will keep you feeling great throughout all of the holiday parties to come.

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