There are few more tempting times to your dieting effort than the holidays. Thanksgiving in particular can be a kink in your weight loss plan and lead to that unfortunate holiday weight gain. There are however, things you can do and not do to help in avoiding weight gain during the holidays that don’t involve shipping yourself to Antarctica or lengthy fasting.
Stay busy – One of the best ways of avoiding weight gain around Thanksgiving time is to keep busy. Through your efforts to clean the house, prepare and serve food, and clean up after dinner, you can keep yourself so occupied that you’ll hardly have time to eat.
Cook it yourself – Do you ever find that when you cook something yourself, you aren’t as tempted to eat it? For me, this typically works best when preparing meats. Maybe the sight of it before it is cooked is enough to turn me off a bit.
Watch others – Watching those around you gorge themselves on fatty food and generally overindulging in everything can be a great motivator to avoid the holiday weight gain.
Load up on veggies – If you find yourself tempted by the palatial spread surrounding you, and can’t resist munching on a few tasty morsels, try to keep it healthy. Looking for veggies, fruit and other healthy or low calorie foods can help you dodge the Thanksgiving weight gain.
Drink water/tea – Water and tea are great, low-calorie stomach fillers. While they won’t give you that burst of energy you’re looking for, they will fill your gut. The great thing about tea in the wintertime is that it can warm you up and keep you healthy as well.
Pass on seconds – When you sit down to dinner and see the heaping plates of food making the rounds, ask yourself, “Do I really need seconds?” Simply questioning your need to eat can remind you to keep your food intake to a minimum.
Skip dessert – While it might be difficult, skipping dessert is one of the best ways to avoid weight gain. If you have to try Aunt Edna’s pumpkin pie, just take a tiny slice. Those first bits are all you really need to get the full effect anyway.
Don’t loosen the belt – When you feel that belt growing tighter around your waistband it’s not a signal to loosen it, it’s a signal to stop eating. Loosening the belt only furthers the self-destruction of your diet plan.
Avoid stretchy pants – Stretchy pants are the imminent demise to your healthy holiday season. You’ll never feel that ever-expanding waistline if there’s nothing to contain or control it in the first place.
Work/play it off – After dinner, don’t just go plop on the couch or slump in front of the television. Go for a walk, play football with the kids or take the dog out for a walk. Keep your blood circulating and your digestive track percolating.