Over the Christmas and holiday season, it can be hard to watch your weight. This year I am convinced that I am going to do it and do it right. Writing this article is one step that is going to help motivate me to stay going strong. I recently wrote about following in the footsteps of Dr. Oz and taking his challenge to lose just 10 lbs. I am still working on this mission. Here are some easy tips we all need to follow this holiday season.
1. Stay Away from Alcohol – When you drink alcohol, you are drinking empty calories. Before you know it, you have already had all of the calories you can for that meal and no food has actually entered your body yet. It is best to avoid it all together or limit yourself to just one. I personally plan to just stay away from it.
2. Send Home Leftovers – When you cook a huge batch of cookies or a meal, don’t keep all of it to yourself. Pay it forward by sending some home with your family. If you make sweets, offer a bowl of cookies to your neighbor. You will make their day better and also not keep temptation in your kitchen. Send a plate of snacks with your husband to his work. My single brother-in-law will be getting a lot of my sweets this year.
3. Don’t Snack While You Cook – It seems like just one bite here and another nibble there, but the next thing you know you are feeling full and dinner has not even started yet. Try not to snack on everything as you fix it. Ask your husband to try a bite and tell you how it tastes. Keep something healthy by you to resist the urge of snacking such as a cut up apple or baby carrots. If you want to snack, grab them instead.
4. Don’t Forget to Exercise – Yes it is getting cold outside and most of us don’t want to venture out. Try doing a few sit ups while you watch television. Try out the new Wii game you got for the kids. This can be great bonding time and burn some calories. Park farther away from the store and force yourself to get that little bit of extra walking in everyday.
5. Remember It is not a Holiday all Month – Holidays are the days that you get together with family. This could be a few days for some of us, but it is never the entire month. Don’t let your diet go for the entire month. Next thing you know it will be time for New Year’s Resolutions and yours will be to lose the 10 lbs you put on during December.
Sources: Personal Goals and Experiences