The holidays are on the way and that means celebrating with family, friends, and good food. Many people are not stressing over the big holiday meals because they plan on getting into shape after the first of the year. However, there are others who have been doing well all year and don’t want to blow it during the holidays. There are a several ways to enjoy holiday meals without ruining your progress.
Don’t bank calories
The big holiday meals usually happen in the evenings. Knowing this, don’t be tempted to save up your calories by not eating breakfast and lunch in order to eat a huge dinner. Starving yourself will greatly increase the chances of overeating.
Portion control everything
There will be so many items to choose from that your best bet is to portion control everything. I for one love tasting everything that my family has cooked so I take a little bit of each item. Moderation is definitely key here.
Remember the calories in drinks
If you choose to drink alcohol, try wine opposed to beer or mixed drinks. Also be aware of fruit juices which can be high in sugar. Increase your water intake which can also help to suppress your appetite and may help prevent overeating.
Be aware of the high-fat/calorie items
Deep fried and creamy foods are the usual suspects. Also be aware of the desserts (pies, cakes, cookies, etc.) This is where portion control is key. You’ll really need to make an effort to limit these items.
You can still exercise
Find time for yourself or even get your loved ones to exercise with you. You’ll feel even better about yourself knowing that you are sticking to your fitness program during the holidays. Since gyms may not be available, you can always do body weight exercises, walking, or running for your workouts.