The holidays are a time for great food, good friends, and even better desserts. The temptation to overeat is ever so present when heaps of delicious homemade food is spread out in front of us. With Thanksgiving kicking off the holidays, it would be wise to enter the season with a game plan, so you don’t gain the holiday 15. While focusing on numbers alone is not the healthiest way to lose weight, weighing yourself before the holidays will help you stay on track.
Have A Plan
Preparing for Turkey Day is crucial to keeping the weight off.
- Start your plan off by eating before the feast. Showing up to dinner starving will lead to you stuffing your face until you fill yourself with regret.
- Make sure you don’t slack on your exercise routine, even on Thanksgiving Day. Sign up for a local Turkey Trot, that way you can get in a nice run before you indulge.
- Create some ground rules before you head to dinner, like only one helping of dessert.
- Find someone else who is on their weight loss journey so that you can keep each other accountable.
- Keep a food journal to track everything that you have eaten. This is something you can do throughout the holiday season.
The Big Day
- Don’t cut out the higher calorie dishes, just enjoy them in smaller portions.
- Eat the foods you really enjoy, not ones that are just there.
- Limit yourself on the hors d’oeuvres and munch on fruits and veggies.
- Limit yourself to one plate of food, especially if you have another Thanksgiving dinner to attend.
- Eat your meal slowly, give yourself a chance to really enjoy each taste.
- Limit yourself to one dessert this year, or if you can’t because there are too many options, cut yourself smaller portions of each. Always go for the lower calorie choice, like pumpkin pie vs. pecan. It’ll save you hundreds of calories.
- Alcohol still has a lot of calories; it’s best if you save those calories for the food and enjoy a glass of wine with dinner.
Be realistic with yourself, don’t try to lose weight during the holidays, just maintain it. If you do plan to overindulge, make sure you cut some calories during the week and exercise extra. The best advice we can give is to enjoy yourself and if you gain a little weight, it’s ok, it’s not the end of the world.