Even the most-social and easy-going dieter can feel frazzled around the holidays. Whether you’re adapting to a new lifestyle following a weight loss surgery, participating in a weight loss program, or just trying to maintain your weight loss during the seasonal celebrations, here are 8 tips to help you stay healthy, happy, and stress free.
- Pass on the Cocktail
Calories from alcoholic beverages can add up quickly, so pass on the cocktails and try non-alcoholic alternatives.
- Lean on Your Loved Ones
Ask for help from your family and friends. If you let your family members know your dietary limitations they may be able to include low fat items on the menu instead of high fat favorites.
- Prepare a Response
Have a few answers ready to politely say no to high fat foods. “Thank you, but I couldn’t eat another bite- everything was delicious,” is a great standby response. If you do end up indulging at a social event, don’t feel guilty! Think of it as a timeout and work to get back on track before the next challenge.
- Bring Your Own Dish
If it is a potluck affair, bring a low fat dish, so you know you will have at least one low fat item to choose.
- Be Good at the Buffet
At a buffet, look ahead to see what is available that is low sugar/low fat. Fill up on these items before having a taste of the other stuff.
- Be Social!
Focus on activities other than eating. One of the best parts of the holidays is spending time with your loved ones. Join the conversation! Make sure to sit away from the area where the food is being served, so you won’t be tempted to overeat.
- Snack Smart
Don’t arrive at the party hungry! You’ll be more likely to overeat if you’re starving at the doorstep. Eat something small, protein-dense before leaving the house.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Liquids are filling and can help control appetite and cravings. Tote around water or Crystal Light with you at the party to help fill your stomach.
If you think the holiday temptations will threaten your weight loss efforts reach out to a weight loss professional. A consultation with a nutritionist, even if it’s only for an hour, can help you establish a routine and meal plan to get you through the seasonal health hurdles and distractions.