How to Keep Holiday Pounds From Sticking Around
We hate when magazines cruelly remind us about the extra 5-15 pounds we can pile on during the holidays, and yet, here we are, joining in with the chorus to remind ourselves that the holiday season, like love, is a battlefield, just like Pat Benatar warned. The holidays are a battlefield of atypical munching/drinking/snacking/drinking/dining/drinking/celebrating and drinking, so even though we might keep ourselves slim, trim and in control the rest of the year...the holidays can throw even the savviest waist watcher under the bus.
The truth is, most holiday weight gain will disappear once the festivities are over as long as you exercise a modicum of restraint. By keeping these Savvy Seven tips in mind while you're celebrating, you'll be sure to drop any holiday weight gain as soon as the partying stops. Because you surely have better things to do than worry about your weight at this time of year. And you surely don't want to do the whole "New Years Resolution" routine. Again.
- Don't Weigh In. If you typically weigh yourself to asses progress (rather than just going by the "do my clothes fit?" method) don't weigh yourself during the holidays. Wait until about January 15th to assess actual weight gain as temporary holiday weight should be gone by then. Seeing holiday-related scale jumps can be discouraging and can lead to emotional overeating.
- Offset Parties With Light Meals. If you've got four celebrations within a week, prepare light meals at home for the other three like one-pot steamed veggies, fish and rice with soy sauce and fresh ginger.
- Slow Down with Water. Since you'll probably be partying after work, you might actually be thirsty when you reach for that first glass. Always start the evening with a glass of water before drinking any alcohol and alternate every alcoholic beverage with water.
- Drink Red Wine. Skip spirits, champagne and white wine which have more calories and sugar per glass than red.
- Load Your Plate. Survey food offerings carefully and load your plate with a palm-sized serving of the best looking 4-5 items including 1-2 vegetables. If you allow yourself to indulge a little the first time around, you won't be tempted by seconds.
- Skip Snacking. Bypass candy and nut dishes which are most likely not worth the fat and calories involved. Focus on good quality, proper meals rather than just snacking your way through the holidays.
- Sleep. Studies show we eat more when we're tired and stressed, so perhaps most importantly, be sure you're getting enough sleep at this time o