Gaining Weight During the Holidays: 7 Ways to Stop Food Temptations From Sinking Your Healthy Lifestyle by Wendie Pett
The average person can gain 5 to 10 pounds over the holidays! Most will lose some but not all of that weight after the new year. But a few pounds stick around. And over time, that certainly adds up. I’ve coached thousands to achieve better wellness. And I know there are realistic ways to keep those holiday pounds from invading your body this year. Here are some ways to cope with the temptation of holiday foods:
- Watch your portions. Don’t think you have to eat what everyone has provided.
- Get creative! There are healthy options, such as my three-ingredient Visibly Fit cookies that everyone will love just as much as less nutritious choices.
- Enjoy those seasonal “foo foo” coffees in moderation. If you wait all year for a pumpkin spice latte or a peppermint mocha, don’t deny yourself entirely. But limiting your indulgence will help curb other sweet cravings this time of year. How? In addition to adding having 500 to 700 calories and 25 to 50 grams of fat, these drinks can have as much as 95 to 130 grams of sugar. That will give you an insulin spike followed by the dreaded energy crash. Then what happens? You reach for another high-sugar replacement to keep you going. Bad idea.
- Ditch the alcoholic drinks that mega “empty” calories. You may think, “Oh, I’ll just have wine. That’s low calorie, right?” The average wine drinker consumes an average of 2,000 additional calories a month, not to mention all the sugar as well. To burn off a glass of red or white wine, it would require you running at a steady pace for 12 to 14 minutes.
- Offer to bring a dish or two to the holiday gathering. That way, you’ll know you will be able to dig into at least one or two healthy options, and just have a nibble of the other goodies. I have several recipes that are ideal for the holidays on my free Visibly Fit app, including the gluten-free apple rose pastry puffs that I made for Christmas last year. Also, be sure to check out my silky ginger sweet potato soup!
- Eat before you go to festivities. You’ll be less likely to gorge on the foods that are served. And you’ll be more likely to stick to your plan of just having small portions of less-healthy options.
- Get moving and have some fun outdoors. I grew up in Texas, where Thanksgiving usually meant sitting around watching the Dallas Cowboys game. Instead of napping on the couch then helping yourself to another plate once you wake up, plan ahead to gather the family outdoors for fun activities. This could mean having your own 20-minute game during halftime or after the football game is over. Or, if it’s December, go caroling after dinner and share your seasonal joy with neighbors.
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