It’s that time of year, holiday parties, holiday dinners and everything in between.
The lead up to the new year really is filled with tempting treats which can easily see your diet and exercise routine slide if you’re not careful.
Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you have to throw your progress to the wind and fall back on bad habits.
Don't lose sight of your goals over the festive period.
Hold onto water
Something we all know to be true is it’s incredibly difficult to balance a drink and plate while attempting to eat.
If you keep a drink in your hand, you’re less likely to pick up random appetizers and food plus it keeps your hands busy.
It’s a small trick but if you’re a mindless snacker, it can be a diet saving tip for holiday parties. By holding onto a glass of water you occupy yourself and are less likely to make impulse decisions to snack on everything in sight.
Take it slow and think about your choices.
Go for Those That Come From Trees & the Ground
Fruit and vegetables are not only delicious and nutritious but also fill you up without the high calorie count. So, by making whole fruits and vegetables the main ingredient in your meal or snack you can easily make healthy food choices your body will thank you for.
No matter what event you’re at there will usually be a fruit platter or veggies for dipping laid out on the snacks table, and if you find yourself eating out choose a side salad over fries to accompany your meal.
Making healthy food choices is that easy.
The easiest thing you can do to portion control this Christmas is choosing the right dinner ware.
A large plate can make it easier to over portion the food on offer and lead to overeating. So, by choosing a smaller plate and filling it to the brim with holiday food you still have the same satisfaction of a filling meal without the uncomfortably full stomach feeling after.
Depending on what’s available, a dessert plate is usually a good size to keep your portions in check.
If you’ve had a delicious meal it can be tempting to go back for seconds but in doing so you can easily find yourself overeating.
When you’re filling your plate, dish out what you think is an appropriate amount for you to eat at the party then stick to that. If you’ve given yourself a healthy-sized portion you shouldn’t be hungry and besides, you should leave room for dessert!
Be Drink Conscious
Alcoholic drinks can flow freely at holiday parties, but they aren’t exactly your friend when it comes to weight loss.
Beer, wine, cocktails and other sugary pre-mixed drinks can sometimes have more calories than some desserts.
You don’t have to completely say goodbye to your social drink events but avoid going overboard by keeping alcoholic drinks to a minimum and be sure to drink plenty of water between beverages.
Moderation is Key
At the end of the day it is the holidays so don’t knock yourself for having some fruit mince pies or rum balls.
The healthiest way to approach the silly season is everything in moderation and to remember that a sweet treat or two is not going to derail your entire weight loss journey.
You can be healthy, reach your weight loss goals and still enjoy the holiday season.
Don't forget to relax and enjoy time off or time simply spent with loved ones!