Holiday parties are in full swing, and that means temptation is around every corner.
If you’re like me, you are probably more then a little tempted to throw your goals right out the window. After all, what’re a few weeks of overindulging, right? But as tempting as that may sound, you’re only sabotaging your weight loss goals and undoing all that hard work you put in – plus good chance you will feel less than stellar by the time the New Year rolls around. And no one wants that.
That’s not to say you can’t treat yourself a little – but remember, moderation is key!
Here are 4 holiday party tips for weight loss to help keep you on track this Christmas season and stop the self-sabotage.
Watch the Sugary Treats
You walk into a holiday party – what’s the first thing you see? Decadent desserts, chocolate treats, pastries, candy canes – sweet treats around every corner. If you’re like me, you’re likely tempted to eat everything in sight, but sugar is a sure-fire way to sabotage your goals in a hurry.
Sugar is not only a major cause of inflammation in the body, but it’s also a significant contributor to excess weight gain this time of year. Both of which you want to avoid.
But that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of indulging just a little. The key is choosing ONE sweet treat and then filling the rest of your plate with veggies, lean protein, and if you are still craving something sweet, opt for fresh fruit.
Eat Before That Holiday Party
As tempting as it is to show up at that holiday gathering hungry, play it smart by eating something before you go. This way, you won’t find yourself stuffing your face and are more likely to make wiser food choices.
They say never go to the grocery store hungry, and the same rule applies when going to a holiday party.
Make Water Your Friend
Staying well-hydrated is so important year-round, but especially during the holidays. Not only does it help curb your appetite, which comes in handy during that Christmas party, but it helps keep your body running in tip-top shape.
Keep your water bottle handy and aim to drink at least half your weight in ounces each day.
Limit the Booze
As much as I’d like to say steer clear of the booze – I know that’s not realistic. But you and I both know that alcohol is nothing more than empty calories, so limit your intake and choose light or low sugar options such as wine or vodka and soda water. Add a twist with some fresh squeezed lemon or lime. It’s also useful to alternate between alcoholic beverages and a large glass of water to make sure you’re staying well hydrated.
Tell me – do you have some holiday party tips for weight loss you’d like to share?? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!