Two Strategies to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

Did you know that half of peo­ples’ year­ly weight gain hap­pens between mid-Novem­ber and ear­ly Jan­u­ary? But don’t despair! There is hope! You can still enjoy your Thanks­giv­ing meal with­out feel­ing guilty, but it’s impor­tant you have a plan.

Here are two strate­gies than can pre­vent you from going over­board:

Strat­e­gy #1.  Slim down your hol­i­day favorites. If you’re cook­ing this hol­i­day sea­son, then you’re in con­trol of your waist­line.
•    Instead of green bean casse­role, try fresh, steamed green beans sautéed in olive oil and gar­lic.
•    Instead of mashed pota­toes with but­ter and cream, use skim milk, roast­ed gar­lic and herbs to fla­vor your mash.
•    Light­en up your stuff­ing by using low-sodi­um chick­en broth instead of but­ter, and pack it with plen­ty of veg­gies such as car­rots, cel­ery and mush­rooms.  Serve in muf­fin tins for instant por­tion con­trol.
•    Instead of dis­guis­ing the sweet pota­toes in a casse­role with but­ter and marsh­mal­lows, bake the sweet pota­toes in the oven and sprin­kle with cin­na­mon and wal­nuts.
Now you can allow your­self a slice of pie with­out hav­ing to wor­ry about your pants not fit­ting the next day!

Strat­e­gy #2.  Make the hol­i­day meal your “splurge” meal and be extra vig­i­lant about what you eat at the oth­er meals. This strat­e­gy works best for those who can’t enjoy this day with­out hav­ing the tra­di­tion­al foods.  Be aware, a Thanks­giv­ing meal can weigh in at 4500 calo­ries plus 230 grams of fat!
•    Eat a healthy low calo­rie break­fast such as a bowl of oat­meal or a fruit smooth­ie.
•    Take a brisk 30 minute walk.
•    Have a light lunch.
•    Chew gum and drink plen­ty of water to keep your­self from graz­ing and pick­ing on food.
•    Enjoy your hol­i­day meal, focus on your favorites, and take small­er por­tions of the foods you don’t like as much.
•    Invite every­one for an after din­ner walk.

Hap­py Hol­i­days Every­one!

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