Holiday diet plans are great for those days leading up to Turkey Day and the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But don’t go on a diet on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day!
According to researchers from Texas A & M people consume an extra 619 calories per day between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That can lead to serious holiday weight gain! You can prevent winter weight gain by indulging on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve but sticking to healthy diet and exercise in between!
Of course, if you are dining at a friend or relative’s home and don’t care for their cooking, you can always pretend to be a diet, but generally speaking it’s pointless to be on a diet for the biggest feast of the year.
I remember watching an episode of Ruby when she went out of her way to make diet-friendly Thanksgiving dishes served side-by-side of the more traditional and fattening dishes. Ruby ended up wanting to have a bite of her healthy holiday dishes as well as the fattening ones. Some people feel guilty about overeating on Thanksgiving Day. But it’s just a day!
I believe following holiday weight loss tips are great, but the real problem is making a daily habit of eating more than you need to for your level of activity.
If you deprive yourself of what you want on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, you will build up resentment that leads to diet rebellion. Many people diet successfully by reminding themselves they can enjoy the full-fat egg nog and pecan pie on Christmas Day instead of giving in at a holiday work party or at home.
Here are a few tips for a holiday diet plan that includes cheating on your diet:
No. 1: Don’t purchase the special holiday champagne, wine, Silk’s mint chocolate soy, or hot chocolate until a day or two prior to the particular holiday.
No. 2: Don’t set a calorie limit for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas or New Year’s. Instead, make sure to exercise more and increase the intensity on the days leading up to and after the holidays.
No. 3: Use the same rational when dealing with birthdays. It’s great to have a piece of birthday cake on your birthday but don’t use anyone and everyone’s birthday as an excuse to have a piece of birthday cake or an entire cake!
No. 4: Be strict about your diet the day following Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s or your birthday. It’s extremely important to start the day with something low-carb such as two eggs and spinach omelet or eggs with Ezekiel toast to get back on track and maintain your taste for clean eating.
No. 5: Enjoy every single cake, pie, stuffing, side dish, gravy and casserole you eat on Thanksgiving day with no apologies and no guilt, but don’t take home the fattening leftovers! Don’t let anyone guilt you into eating a sugar-free or low-fat dish on Thanksgiving Day. Tell them you would love to try their healthy recipe on another day but this is your day to get your eat on. Go back for seconds. Go back for thirds. It’s just one day and you can eat that homemade apple pie.
At the same time, even while you indulge in every treat and high fat dish, don’t be an obnoxious food pusher and try to make other people join you in your wild abandon. Everyone has a different approach and that’s great!
For sugar addicts or those who are morbidly obese, you may be one of the few people who can’t cheat on your diet and throw caution to the wind on the holidays. But, it’s worth repeating: overeating on Thanksgiving Day does not make you fat. It’s eating those 619 extra calories per day every day in between Thanksgiving and Christmas that derails your weight loss goals!
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Source: Good Housekeeping magazine