When you’re in the process of losing weight and all is going well, you feel great, right? However, there’s always one time of the year that makes you feel a little uneasy and that’s the holiday season. With so much delicious food, it can be difficult to control yourself and you start worrying that all those pounds you lost will slowly creep back up. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are three ways to stay fit and focused this Christmas!
1. Allow yourself to indulge.
What’s the fun in completely cutting out your favorite desserts and side dishes? I mean, come on! The holiday season only arrives once a year – and nothing is more exciting than spending it with the people you love and care about the most while eating great food. Sweet potato pie? Loaded mashed potatoes? Cheesy mac and cheese? Go ahead and dig in, but just remember to be reasonable about your portion sizes. As a rule of thumb, if you’re cooking five or more sides, keep your personal portion sizes to no larger than a deck of cards.
2. Eat throughout the day.
Here’s the problem when you starve yourself all day to make room for the big dinner: you end up overindulging. When you go hours without eating, your body begins storing calories as fat because it thinks there’s a shortage of food. And when you eat again? The calories will continue to be stored as fat until the body is confident that it’s no longer in starvation mode. You can avoid this by simply eating small meals throughout the day.
3. Cook less food.
The less food you make, the less there is to eat. Sure, this may seem obvious, but how often does the following scenario happen? It’s Christmas day and you’ve made way too much food. As a result, you end up getting stuck with eating leftovers for two or three days in a row. Not only does this get old and annoying, but it’s also wreaking havoc on your waistline. Better yet, if you can, why not go to someone else’s house for Christmas dinner this year? If that’s not an option for you this year, then send your guests away with containers stuffed with leftovers. They’ll walk away happy and so will you!