A new WW (formerly Weight Watchers) report examined the challenges in being able to stay fit over the holiday season. That report estimated that from Thanksgiving day through New Year’s Day, the average American will gain between seven and ten pounds. It did not point out specifically whether that weight was in the form of fat or if it included water retention, but that is still a substantial difference at this time of the year.
If you want to stay fit over the holidays and avoid becoming another statistic like that one, it’s a good idea to come up with a strategy. Much of the holiday season is already behind us but there’s still time to make a difference in the changes you experience in your weight this month.
Use These Tips to Help You Stay Fit
Don’t Get Too Hungry
Smart snacking can be key to avoiding overeating later on. Eat regular meals as often as you can and be prepared with the right high fiber, low cal snacks to keep hunger at bay. That will help you to keep your head in the face of lots of tempting treats and dishes at holiday parties throughout the season. When you go to festive events, have a light meal ahead of time to give yourself a great advantage.
Keep Smart Munchies Handy
When you’re stuck shopping, cooking, wrapping, baking or doing something that can cause you to skip a meal because you can’t take a break, have snacks handy. Toss an apple or a banana into your bag and take a quick break at the mall to refuel. You’ll feel far better when you do and it will be much easier to skip the food court, keeping you on track to get fit. When you know you’ll be baking or cooking for a while, prepare your snacks first, then eat them as soon as you feel even slightly peckish. Great options include low fat cottage cheese, a piece of fruit, nuts or low-fat cheese.
It’s better to have a little plate of the appetizers and treats at a party than it is to keep nibbling throughout an evening. The little plate lets you have a look at everything you’re eating at once and creates a boundary to stop you from having too much. If you keep grazing, you’ll lose track of how much you’ve eaten and will find it much more challenging to get fit.
Keep your priorities straight if you want to have fun and get fit this Christmas season. Remember that you’re at the parties for the people. Sure, the occasional treat is fun, but you’re there to see people. Spend time in great conversations and let your mind focused on interactions. You’ll be far less likely to get bored and feel inclined to eat too much.