The Do’s and Don’ts for Holiday Eating To Maintain A Healthy Weight
Don’t fall prey to the idea that there’s no avoiding the extra pounds gained during the holiday season. You can maintain your weight, and still partake of festive dinners and drinks this holiday. The key to losing weight and keeping it off, even during the holiday, is to choose healthy options.
Here are a few holiday dos and don’ts to help get you started:
Don’t choose a diet that you know will the impossible to keep up with. Think of some times that you’ve abandoned diets in the past, and you’ll know how unhealthy you eat once you stop. Fad diets, which restrict the foods that you can eat, are obvious culprits. Instead of extreme diets seek out options for healthy eating, eliminating high calorie foods. Your weight loss will be much more permanent if you make healthy eating a part of your lifestyle.
Don’t wait until you’re in the moment to make excuses for eating healthy. All your good intentions to eat and drink low calorie foods at holiday parties go down the drain when confronted by hosts and friends. Plan what your response will be if you’re asked to eat something that you should avoid. A firm and confident answer will reduce the number of recommendations and raised eyebrows.
Don’t let guilt take over if you’ve fallen off your diet. So you ate a big slice of chocolate cake. That doesn’t amount to a criminal offense. We all falter at some time or another. Dust off the crumbs and get going again. Having said that, exercise some self-control in the future. It’s the only way you’ll have real results.
Do identify the holiday dinners and parties that you plan to attend. Plan ahead what you’ll eat at the party. You can choose a few foods that you can indulge in on these days, but don’t overdo it. Make sure that you eat healthy outside of those days.
Do plan your meals for the day every morning or night. Planning helps to prevent impulse eating, which is the main reason for weight gain. Another option is to plan the night before for the next day. Either way some planning is needed.
Do check out what your daily calorie consumption should be to control your weight. Once you know this, save your day’s calories for the appointed time of the party or dinner. Therefore, eat light during lunch if you want to partake of the treats at the dinner party.
Do make a decision to love yourself and
your body. Sure you’ll make some bad choices along the way, especially when it
comes to your eating this holiday. Never let impulse decisions be the reason
you give up and start eating unhealthy. You have to care about yourself and
your body. That is the only decision that will help you make the right choices.