The holiday season is among us! This is the time of year when weight gain is hardest to fight. For many, staying true to diet and fitness goals are an easy (easier) task throughout the year when temptation isn’t lurking at every weekend party. When dinner parties and holiday get-togethers come around weekend after weekend, it can be hard to stay on track.
You CAN enjoy the parties AND watch your waistline, but you must have a plan. Try these 5 tips while attending holiday parties this season:
1) Save your “treat” meal for the party. Stay true to your clean meal plan until the time of the party. While at the party, make good decisions about what to put on your plate. Load up on greens first, then protein, then starchy carbs. Be selective and try filling your plate in this order to attempt some portion control. Do enjoy yourself, but remember that moderation is key.
2) No nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. Most of the times those yummy appetizers are the diet killers alone. Think about how many crackers and slices of cheese it would take to truly satisfy your hunger… quite a few, right? So skip the apps and wait for the real deal.
3) Have no more than one alcoholic beverage. But why, you ask? I’ll tell you why! Because calories from alcohol are utilized first for fuel when consumed with carbs, fats, and protein. Meaning that it is more likely for those calories from foods to be stored as fat instead of used for fuel. Also, alcoholic beverages are simply empty calories; they provide no nutritional value. So have one drink, then back to drinking water.
4) One, yes only one, dessert treat. By limiting yourself to one treat, you force yourself to be mindful. Scope out the dessert tray and pick one that you will enjoy. Enjoy it, and move on.
5) Eat before the party. Yes, you read that right! Have a small snack or even a meal right before you head to the holiday party. If you’re satisfied once you arrive to the get-together, you will be less likely to pig out on the food provided.
Follow these 5 tips for successful party-going this holiday season!