How Not To Gain Weight During The Holidays



 

We are only weeks away from the holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Years. This can be a dangerous time for anyone trying to maintain or lose weight.

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Steering clear of temptations, can prove to be a real challenge. The urge to throw caution to the wind and overindulge during the holidays is a real threat. But going overboard can lead to unwanted weight gain and major discouragement. The disappointment of gaining weight during the holidays can cause people to completely give up on their quest to get healthier.

Here are a few sobering studies to help you stay on track.

Stephan Guyenet, from Whole Health Source did a series on the neurobiology of eating. What the researchers found was that half of the annual weight gain in the U.S. occurs during the holiday period.

If that is not eye-opening enough another, study conducted at Karolinska Hospital in Sweden, found that overweight people gained between 2.75 and four pounds during the two to three weeks holiday time frame. Unfortunately, the holidays can cause people to feel like they are missing out if they don’t indulge during this season, causing them to put their guard down. Having a strategy to face the holidays is vital in order to stay on track.

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10 keys to not gaining weight during the holidays

1.Stay focused

It all begins with how we approach the holidays. Are we celebrating the true meaning of the season or has the food taken precedence? The holidays are a time to spend with friends and family allowing bonds to grow stronger. Although food can play a role in creating meaningful memories, it should not take center stage.

 2. Be consistent

Want to keep the weight off for years? Researchers at Brown Medical School found that people who followed a consistent diet throughout the week were one and a half times more likely to maintain their weight over the subsequent year than those who were less consistent.

How does this assist us during the holidays? By staying true to your usual eating habits for the majority of the week and maintaining your exercise routine, you can prevent completely derailing if you have a slip up.

Let’s keep in mind that Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Years Day  are individual separate events, not one continuous holiday. Understanding that it’s not a “season” of carefree living, will assist you in being consistent. This will give you a little, I said little leeway when food temptations are coming at you from every direction.

3. Create a carb deficit account

Trying to stay below your daily carb allowance during the days leading up to a holiday can offset your one small indulgence. This only works if you know that doing so will not trigger a binge episode. Otherwise, this technique will not work. For some people one small cheat will cause them to slide down a pit of over indulgence that can last for weeks, if not months. In the same way someone who has any other form of addiction has to avoid triggers. If cheating sends you down a rabbit hole, you must steer clear away from them.

4.Stay accountable

The willingness to stay connected to a group of people like Fittoservegroup, will make staying on track much easier during this time of the year where food temptations lurk everywhere. It helps to talk to someone who is on the same journey and get their support and encouragement.

5.Bring your own healthy dish

By choosing to bring a healthy dish to a holiday party it assures that you will have something you can enjoy without feeling trapped. Not to mention, that others will also appreciate your gesture. Our blog is full of healthy low carb alternatives that are easy to prepare for this very reason.

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Low Carb Cranberry Sauce

6.Eat before you attend the party

Just like going grocery shopping when you’re famished spells disaster, going to a holiday party when you’re hungry will cause you to cheat more easily. So plan a good snack or light meal to keep your appetite in check before you arrive.

7.Choose wisely once the day arrives

Go for the protein first once you step up to that buffet table. During the holidays you have lots of great tasty low carb protein options to choose from. From Grandma’s turkey, to Aunt Betty’s ham, there is no excuse to load your plate with dangerous mystery side dishes when you have great protein choices.

8.Don’t drink your carbs

One of the surest ways to slip up during the holidays is by over consuming  alcohol. This not only spikes your insulin levels quickly, but will not keep you level headed, making staying on track that much more difficult. If you choose to drink choose wisely and stick to only one for the evening.

9.Fill your mouth with words not food

Focus on socializing not eating. Enjoy your time with friends and family and engage in meaningful conversations instead of grazing from platter to platter disengaged with the people at the event.

10.Be generous with your leftovers

If you’re the one hosting the party, take the celebration a step further and make sure you have plenty of disposable containers for your guests to take most of the leftovers home with them. Trust me you will be thrilled when you realize that doing so will not only keeps your fridge tidier, but your waistline will thank you. This is a sure way to avoid any wee hour fridge raids.

Here’s to making sure this year you end it on a healthy note and you do not gain any extra holiday weight. This is one gift we all don’t want!

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  1. Thanks for the tips. I think I'm one of those that has to stay completely away cause it's so easy, once you indulge, to just keep on indulging. I got off you diet about a month ago when I went out of town and am just now getting back on track. I'll have to be especially diligent during the holiday season cause I know myself too well. I'm planning on trying out some of the recipes on here to see if it will help me stay on track.
     
    • Hi Michelle it does take sometime because you are correct the best way to do this is to make it a lifestyle change. By that same token, I tell people what is one mishap compared to the rest of your life so be encouraged and stay on track. For me one cheat spells days of pain, so not worth it. Thanks for stopping by your words keep me going. Happy Thanksgiving 💞😜
       
  2. For me drinking tea helps suppress my appetite. Your tips are helpful as well! I'll keep them in my mind dear. I am inviting everyone who reads this to participate in my jexshop giveaway. Jexshop Giveaway' | follow me on GFC ~ Styleccentric Fashion' | like my Page' | follow me on Bloglovin'
     
  3. These are all great ideas!!!!
     
  4. #9 is fabulous!! Thanks for the positive incentives BEFORE the holidays are upon us!
     
  5. Great article , thanks for sharing 😊
     
  6. Eating before you attend a party is a particularly sensible idea, I think. :)
     
  7. Reblogged this on Edifylife and commented: Interesting read! I think we will all need this during the holidays lol
     
  8. Great tips as always Hilda! You're tips always come in handy. I hardly drink alcohol so at least I have one item down. ;)
     
  9. Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented: Introducing Fit To Serve!!
     
  10. That ham looks gorgeous! definitely not your standard, waer injected, "sort of looks and tastes like ham". Looks like I'll need these reminders even if Thanksgiving dinner is in a restaurant this year. Thanks for caring and posting! May God bless you...every one! :D
     
  11. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented: excellent ideas list...good-looking group...who supplied that ham?
     
  12. Another great post, I share this with my FB group, so timely as we were discussing the holidays today. Thanks!!
     
  13. We had a good time!!
     
  14. Great time of fellowship and learning! Looking forward to December 8th!!
     
  15. Great tips! It helps to be mindful and aware ahead of time.
     
  16. Amazing time! Doing it again on December 8th! Can't wait!
     

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