Weight loss in December is not usually the objective for my clients. Most of my clients simply hope to hold the line on their weight. The challenges of the holidays are numerous: shopping which leads to more frequent fast grab lunches at the mall, office parties, stress-related eating, and family or friend gatherings during the holidays. Here are 5 tips to help you manage the tipping point on the scale:
- Try to eat a healthy meal before hitting the mall. If your shopping period is an all day affair, then plan your restaurant meal in advance. Use the Internet to preplan your options at your mall restaurant by reviewing the nutrition information online.
- For office parties and gatherings, try to have a healthy snack of fruit or veggies prior to the festivities. If you are feeling a sense of fullness, it will be easier to resist some of those high temptation goodies which are sure to be available. If you are having lunch catered in, see if you can find out the menu so you can preplan how you will handle the meal to meet your health and weight objectives.
- You can help your stress-related eating by simply controlling your eating environment at home. Make sure your kitchen is full of healthy food options which are easy to prepare as opposed to a kitchen full of high temptation baked goods and candy. If you must bake for the holidays, keep those baked treats where you cannot easily get to them. Better yet, store them at skinny friend’s house.
- For gatherings with family and friends, contribute something to a potluck which meets your dietary objectives. Make it something healthy, but something you can enjoy as well. Fresh shrimp, a fruit platter, or crackers with reduced fat cheese spreads are good options.
- Watch those alcohol calories!
An ounce of prevention is probably worth much more than a pound of cure. It is much easier to avoid weight gain, than to undo those unwanted December pounds come January.
Wishing my readers a happy and healthy holiday season and 2013.