This post is brought to you by my sister, the soon-to-be dietitian. She’s about to graduate from Ohio University in May, and even in her first semester as a freshman, taught me more about food than any health magazine or website has. I asked her to guest blog and give her advice for keeping the pounds off during the holidays. My goal is always to maintain my weight, because trying to lose pounds would just be too stressful. Let’s leave that for a New Year’s resolution.
Speaking of New Year’s resolutions, I have a fun post coming up about organizing your goals in a new way. Until then, enjoy!
From my sister to you:
Santa may be cute with his big jolly belly, but not everyone can pull that look off. Here are a few tips to keep the extra pounds at bay this holiday season without having to duck tape your mouth shut (ouch).
- If you’re attending a holiday gathering and don’t know if there will be healthy options, offer to bring something like a tossed salad or a vegetable. That way, you know there will be something to fall back on. Once it’s time for dinner, fill half of your plate with vegetables.
- If you have the choice, grab a smaller plate to put your meal on, and try to stick to only one plateful of food. This will make you less likely to overeat, because you won’t feel obligated to finish what’s left on your plate after you’re actually full.
- Alcohol is a likely culprit for holiday season weight gain because it cannot be used by your body for energy; it is metabolized straight into fat. A few drinks can also lead to a late night snacking. To cut back on alcohol intake, try alternating an alcoholic beverage with a glass of water. Or even better, offer to be the designated driver for your friends or family. They will appreciate it and so will your body!
- EAT BREAKFAST. Fasting all day because you know there will be a big meal later on is a bad idea. You will only end up eating more. Start your day with a healthy and filling protein like oatmeal or a veggie omelet.
- Along with a healthy breakfast, start your day with a cardio workout. Squeezing in your workout before the festivities gives you less time for excuses, and will burn a few extra calories before the celebrations begin. Let’s face it; it’s easier to stay on track when you’ve started your day right.
- Instead of an apple pie, try this healthy apple crisp. You’ll be able to enjoy dessert without feeling guilty.
- Use your resources. Try logging your intake and exercise on MyFitnesspal or Supertracker via your computer or smartphone. That will make it much easier for you to hold yourself accountable for what you’re eating and how much you’re moving. And when filling your plate at Christmas dinner, don’t forget to keep MyPlate in mind:
Remember to focus on what matters most this holiday season. If you busy yourself spending time with your loved ones and enjoying your time off from school or work, you won’t even need that extra slice of pumpkin pie.
What are your tips to staying on track during the holidays?