The holidays have the three F’s in common: family, friends and food (yeah, yeah, traditions belong in there too, but that didn’t start with an f). There’s no avoiding food during the holiday season, and uh, who would want to? This time of year means celebrating with our friends and fam all while lovin’ on some amazing, drool-worthy food. But many times, we love on our food a little too much.
I know, everybody and their mama’s are well aware the holidays are notorious for gaining a pound or two. It’s not surprising when there are boat loads of us out there convincing ourselves it’s alright to go to every holiday party for 6 weeks straight, and eat till it hurts to breathe. It’s perfectly fine because “as soon as January 1st hits, I am going to lose weight once and for all.”
Now I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer, but research shows that after only a week, approximately 25% of resolution makers fall off the wagon. After 3 months, the number grows to 50%.
If you ask me though, sticking to a resolution for even one week is still pretty good, let alone 12 of them. There have been a few times when I didn’t even make it a full 7 days into the New Year.
Years ago, I hit my personal best for the shortest amount of time committed to any weight loss resolution.
Yup. I lasted three whole days before throwing in the towel. Whomp, whomp.
So, say our resolution doesn’t go as planned. Worst case scenario? The 1-2 holiday pounds gained this year are here to stay. Meh, no big deal. But if we find ourselves repeating the same pattern year after year, the pounds start to add up.
However! Do not think for one second that we’re only able to consume salads with a mist of low-fat dressing (low-fat dressing…bleck!). We can still love the bejeezus out of what we are eating without gaining. one. single. pound. Keep reading and you’ll see what I’m talking about!
1) Missing Out is Not Allowed
Take bigger helpings of your top favorite foods! (I know, I could say the entire spread is my favorite, but that’s not the name of the game). I’d try to limit your fav’s to about three dishes, and then take just a couple bite serving of everything else. That way, you won’t feel anywhere close to deprived.
2) The One Clean Plate Club
Commit to only having one plate of food. And once the plate is licked clean, take that sucker to the sink. That simple trip to the kitchen not only saves you from having seconds and thirds, but it’ll also keep you from mindlessly picking at what’s left on your plate. If there’s anything there.
3) Single Task
4) Traditions Are Where It’s At
Take a walk with Grandma post-meal and pre-pie. My grandma and I would do that every year I was home for Thanksgiving. It became our little tradition.
5) Act Childish to Burn Calories
After dinner, get outside with the kids for a few games of hide and seek or freeze tag and show them how it’s done.
6) Break the Fast
If you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner ravenous from not eating all day, you’re going to snort about twice as much food, while really savoring none of it. Have yourself a healthy breakfast so you don’t show up at your mom and dad’s ready to eat your niece.
Eat one roll instead of 2 or maybe eat half instead of the whole thing. Heck, skip it altogether! You can munch on one of those take n’ bake rolls any day of the year. The same goes for the other not-so-special foods served as well.
8) Hi Ho Sliver, Away!
Like all 3 pies that are being served? Well have a sliver of each! You get the best of all worlds and there’s no missing out to be had. Easy peasy breezy.
9) Work It Out
Fit in a good ole sweat session before the festivities. Most gyms are open at least till one on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
Afterwards, not only will you feel terrific from the release of endorphins, you probably burned enough calories for those 3 slivers of pie you’re going to rejoice in later on.
So get that beautiful booty of yours to the club and get your fitness on.
10) Stealin’ Deals
Are there appetizers lurking around? Distract yourself by grabbing a newspaper and scoping out all the Black Friday deals.
11) Too Much Booze is a Dooz…y 😉
Grab yourself a glass of wine at dinner, but don’t go throw ’em back with the uncle beforehand. Too much alcohol can wreak havoc on any sort of eating plan.
It causes you to feel less full, it reduces your inhibitions, and makes food taste flipping incredible, especially the not-so-good for you foods. Oh, and don’t forget the actual amount of calories in the alcoholic beverages (Mmmm, egg nog) can mount up pretty darn fast.
12) Everyday’s Not a Holiday (a girl can dream)
As I mentioned above, people tend to overeat and gain weight during the holiday season. With that being said, one or two days of going full throttle on the food will not pack on the poundage.
What I’m getting at is try not to let the holidays be your excuse to eat all you can as often as you can simply because you’ve decided your resolution for this year is to lose weight.
Look at it this way. If you were already planning to put weight loss down on your list of resolutions before the holidays were off and running, why on earth would you want to make it harder for yourself? Meaning, why add yet another five pounds just from the holidays, to your weight loss goal?
Believe you me, I used to be the same way. I would inhale food throughout the season like a bear storing up for hibernation, all while reassuring my guilty conscience that I would be going on a diet come New Year’s Day. But until then, you could always find me with some sort of baked good in my mouth.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t celebrate the holidays by indulging in wonderful food, maybe just don’t celebrate everyday for a month and a half straight.
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