Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts and Holiday parties…ready or not, here they come!!Holidays can test even the most disciplined of weight watchers. Holidays account for much of a person's annual weight gain over the course of a lifetime. Media stories often suggest that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Halloween and Christmas. That is A LOT of pounds. Below are a few tips on how to avoid the natural gain of weight through the holidays:
Beware of excesses: the problem is not overindulging on any particular day, the problem comes when we overindulge for 2 months back to back over the whole festive season!
Don´t leave home on an empty stomach and avoid arriving to a big meal on an empty stomach. One of the most common mistakes people make is to “save up” for dinners or special meals, eating the minimum during the rest of the day. It’s not a good idea. If you turn up for lunch or dinner absolutely starving, you will most likely end up eating a lot more than you should.
Do not snack between meals.
Be selective: it is best to focus on the main dish, take less of the rest and be particularly careful with starters and desserts, which tend to be the most dangerous parts of the meals and which, generally, have more calories.
Plan, try to work out your menu and stick to it. Vegetables and oven based dishes (as opposed to fried etc) are the safest.
Decline “Tupperware”. There is always food leftover at the holidays and it often ends up being divided up and shared out amongst the family so you can do it all again the next day. If you do not want to gain weight it is best not to join in with the Tupperware offerings and instead try and eat sensibly the next day.
Eat sensibly on the days “off” between dinners and parties. Stick to vegetables, salads, meat and grilled fish. If you are strict in this sense, even if you overdo it with the big festive meals, not only will you maintain your weight, perhaps you will even lose a few pounds.
Go easy on the drinks (alcoholic drinks, cocktails and digestive liquors … are packed full of carbs (sugars) and calories). Soft drinks are also to be avoided.
Limit sweets and desserts. We are not saying not to have a cookie or a slice of cake but try and avoid stealing a handful every time you walk passed the candy tin.
Keep up with your regular physical activity. And of course, don´t forget at all these parties that dancing is a great form of exercise!!
For people who are already overweight, or needing to lose a few pounds, the holiday weight news is worse. People who are already overweight tend to gain a lot more than healthy individuals. If you’ve been considering losing weight and getting in better shape and would like to avoid holiday weight gain and start losing weight now, Cedar Park Ideal Protein is here to help. You can get ahead of the game and beat the battle of the holiday bulge with Ideal Protein. Give us a call or schedule a complimentary consultation and see if Ideal Protein is the right fit for you.