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How to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain: 10 Tips to Fight and Win the Battle!

I consider Halloween to be the official kickoff for the holiday season eating and weight gain battle. And let’s face it Halloween starts it off with a bang! For two solid months we are constantly enticed by sweet treats, alcoholic beverages, office party’s, family get togethers and just flat out good old American gluttony. So what can you do during these trying eating times and stay on track with your health goals? You could just stay home and hide from all the festivities, but let’s face it that just isn’t a realistic way to approach the problem. You could also go to all the events, but just not eat any of the tempting butt and gut, fat adding foods and drinks. Again that doesn’t seam reasonable and not a lot of fun. For those of you who are familiar with my philosophy, living like a food monk is not something I prescribe to, but more of smart choices and balance. With that being said, let’s take a look at some strategies you can employ in your battle of the holiday bulge.

1. Make a deal with your kids that everyone gets to eat two pieces of Halloween candy once a week until it is gone. More than likely the most desired pieces of candy will be taken first and they will soon lose interest with the remaining candy. Also make it a special event and you might even be able to make it your cheat day for those of you who prescribe to my cheat meal/day technique.

2. Probably the easiest tactic to use, is eat a healthy prepared meal before you attend a holiday or office party. The worst thing you can do is go to one of these events hungry, that almost guarantees you will shovel down several food items that will cause you great distress later on.

3. If it just isn’t possible to eat before you attend a holiday party, right before you eat drink about 20 oz of water. This will help fill your stomach and you will be far less likely to overeat.

4. Take a protein drink with you and consume it just before you go to a holiday event, not only is it a good healthy choice, but it will keep you full and make it easier to resist some of the bad food choices calling your name.

5. Try and incorporate your cheat meal/day of the week into the parties or family events you will attend. This way you will not be cheating more than once in a week if possible, thus keeping you closer to your usual eating routine.

6. Don’t stress out about what you will eat during the holidays, the extra stress will release additional cortisol, which is a weight gaining stress hormone. Have fun, if you eat badly here and there the world will not end.

7. Stack up on protein early. Eat high protein selections at the party before you eat anything else and your appetite will quickly be curbed.  It is pretty difficult to gorge yourself on meats naturally containing healthy fats.

8. Don’t alter your exercise program. Many people just flat out give up during the holidays and stop working out. Keep at it and be consistent, this will keep you in check and motivated.

9. Make sure to get some exercise on the days you will be attending holiday parties or events. This will rev up your metabolism and this means you metabolize some of these bad foods better than if you didn’t exercise at all.

10. Pick one party during the holidays and give yourself free rein with no restrictions. Just flat out go for it and don’t worry about anything you are eating. This will help keep you sane and not feel frustrated about enjoying yourself during the holidays. One night of gluttony is usually enough pain to damper my spirit for those bad foods for the remainder of the season.

 

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