Sunday, 25 December 2011
So you don't have to panic tomorrow!
I know it's the holiday season, and everyone wants to relax and enjoy some yummy food. But, it's no reason to go overboard.
According to Oxygen magazine, people gain 2-5 pounds, just from the holidays. Let's try to avoid that this time. Be prepared for lots of bold and italicized words. This is my plan of attack:
1. Drink lots and lots of water. Not only will it fill you up, but it will keep you hydrated and feeling good while consuming salty, fatty, and sugary foods.
2. Skip the booze! I'm not a big drinker, so this one isn't as pressing for me, but if food is what you want, then at least skip the alcohol or just have one. Definitely, skip the eggnog.
3. Workout pre- or post-feast. Even if it's just a 15 minute walk on the treadmill. Do something. Pushups, situps, jumping jacks. It will also help beat that low energy effect you'll feel later on from eating more than normal.
4. Choose wisely. I'm more of a food person than a dessert person. So, I'm going to pick one food I really want, and try to nix the rest. Or, just have a very small sample of everything if you must. Do not taste test all the different desserts presented in full form! They will always be there. You can treat yourself next week to that slice of pumpkin loaf you wanted on a cheat day rather than have those extra few pounds.
5. Don't take leftovers, or give them away. Let's get back to eating right immediately. No "once the bad food has been consumed" I'll go back to normal.
6. Think of how hard you've worked so far! Don't ruin it in the course of a few days.
7. New Year's is just around the corner, let's keep it together so you can look nice for when the ball drops.
8. You're most likely going to receive some nice clothes or gift cards, or the best...cash, for your holiday. Wouldn't you like to spend it on some new clothes that fit nicely? Or plan to spend it on new workout clothes, fitness classes, etc.
9. It won't be as hard getting back to your regular eating plan and exercise routine if you only slack off a little bit than a lot.
10. Arm yourself with substitute recipes and healthy foods that will help your cravings (and try some of Eating Well's Christmas Dessert Recipes)!
But, if all fails and you just can't help yourself... don't beat yourself up! It's okay. You can get back to where you were! Enjoy your Holiday!!
What will you do to help prevent holiday overeating? Share your tips in the comment section below!