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.
At Rapid Loss we’re making it easier for you to face this holiday season with top tips for beating temptation, so you stay on track to meeting your weight loss goals well into the new year.
Use A Smaller Plate
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.
Fill Up On Fruit and Veggies
Fruit and vegetables are not only delicious and nutritious but also fill you up without the high calorie count. So, sy 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’ll 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.
Pass on Seconds
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!
Stand Away From The Food Table
Along the same line as passing on seconds, if you can see and smell the food, it’s highly likely you’ll eat more.
So, if you’re at a holiday gathering find a spot away from the kitchen or snacks table and away from the serving areas to avoid temptation.
Enjoy the company of your friends and family, food is just a bonus of the holiday season, not a necessity.
Keep A Drink In Your Hand
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.
Think Your Drink
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.
Everything In Moderation
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.