While the holidays aren’t the best time to kick off a weight loss program, you certainly can hold steady — and still enjoy the goodies the season has to offer. Don’t let the holiday weight gain blues get you! Just follow five simple “rein-it-in-dear rules” and you’ll be able to wear the same size pants from the beginning of December to the very end.
1. Keep eating.
Don’t starve yourself all day with the idea that you’re saving room for treats at tonight’s holiday party. Skipping meals usually leads to overindulging later because you’re so hungry. Instead, eat regular, high-protein, high-fiber meals to keep you feeling satisfied. Then when you’re unleashed at the buffet table, you can make careful, sane choices and slowly savor each bite.
2. Don’t say no.
Declaring any food off limits makes you want it more — it’s human nature. So cut yourself some slack. Eat small amounts of what you crave and really enjoy it. You’ll find you’re satisfied with less.
3. Be picky.
Just because Rudolph-nosed sugar cookies only make an appearance at Aunt Bessie’s once a year doesn’t mean you have to eat them. If the cookie only rates a 3 on your delicioso-meter, while that chocolate-peppermint cheesecake winking at you rates a mouth-watering 15, then by all means devour a small sliver of the cheesecake and skip the cookie. Choose foods that give you the most pleasure to get more bang for your calorie-buck.
4. Don’t drink your calories.
Eggnog, hot buttered rum, specialty coffees crowned with whipped cream and other drink heavyweights are laden with fat and calories. When tallying your daily calorie count, these are easy to overlook. And drinking calories is always less satisfying than eating them. Choose water, diet sodas or non-fat versions of drinks whenever possible.
5. Make excuses to exercise.
Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day — as simple as taking a walk — will help you stay focused on your health goals, will burn excess calories, and will relieve stress — so you’re likely to eat less.
Don’t Forget to Enjoy It!
Don’t spoil the holidays by abandoning all your hard work and effort! Celebrate and enjoy your favorite holiday treats without the guilty conscience and upset stomach! Follow these tips and you can say no to the holiday weight gain. And be sure to come prepared with all your favorite Reliv shakes for an added boost of control and energy for the happiest of holidays!