Nothing ruins the holidays faster than holiday weight gain.
Especially if you’re currently in the middle of your weight loss journey. For most people, the holidays mean being surrounded food and lots of it! For me, this used to be a source of stress during the holidays. Or even worse, I wouldn’t stress and I would indulge and ‘worry’ about it in January. Which is kind of a negative way to enter the New Year, I think. But it really doesn’t have to be that way! Like anything in life, with a little bit of planning, holiday weight gain doesn’t have to be something to stress over (or be in denial about!). But you do need to plan. Winging the holidays and just hoping you don’t gain any extra weight is a big gamble. Trust me, I tried it for years and it rarely worked.
Avoid the holiday weight gain with these 5 tips:
- Make healthier alternatives. Thank you Pinterest for making it so easy to find healthy versions of classic Christmas recipes. Some examples are, Cauliflower Stuffing, Healthy Green Bean Casserole, Healthy Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites, and Lentil Meatloaf. Need more inspiration? Follow my Pinterest board, Inspiration | Vegan Recipes.
- Bring a healthy dish. So along with making healthier dishes at your own holiday events, try bringing a healthy dish to work parties, potlucks etc. Everyone will appreciate the healthy alternative, trust me. We live in a day and age where pretty much everyone is on a diet, and yet most people still bring high calorie foods to pot-luck events. Be different and bring super delicious and healthy!
- Have a smoothie before you go. This is key for events where you don’t know what will be served or if you know ahead of time that there won’t be a lot of food you want to eat. For example, events where there will be lots of desserts, or deep-fried foods. If you’re serious about avoiding holiday weight gain, go to events slightly full so you won’t be tempted to overeat on foods that aren’t good for you.
- Schedule a few extra workouts. Scheduling a couple extra works between Christmas and New Years to account for the extra calories you will inevitably consume. Having these workouts scheduled in will allow you to enjoy holiday food and you’ll feel good about not sabotaging your healthy lifestyle.
- Drink lots of water. Drinking lots of water will keep your stomach always feeling a little full, plus it will combat the holiday drinking. Your liver and skin will thank you for the extra hydration once the holidays are over.
But sometimes, even with careful planning, over-indulgence happens.
A littler over-indulgence during the holidays isn’t the end of the world. The key is to get back on track as soon as possible. Don’t waste time beating yourself up if you overeat or have a few too many high-calorie drink. Read my post about getting back on track to get started!
Have any tips to share? Post them in the comments!