5 Tips To Avoid Holiday Overeating

by Jennifer Boudreau on December 19, 2013

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belching businessmanI’ll be honest here…my plan to not gain weight this holiday season hasn’t really gone to plan. I’ve had some successes, but also had some definite failures. I will say this is the first holiday season where I’ve actually paid attention to what made me succeed….and what made me not succeed. Here’s what I’ve learned.

  1. Don’t turn one holiday celebration into a three day binge fest. If you’re up for letting yourself indulge at one event then go for it, but flip the switch off the moment you leave. Don’t get home from the party and finish off the leftover brownies either.
  2. If you were assigned or offered to bring a fatty food to the party, send the leftovers home with someone else. There’s bound to be someone at the party who isn’t watching their weight or perhaps has a teenage son who can eat anything in site and not gain a pound. Send the goodies home with them…not you. Yes, your kids or husband may be mad at you, but we all know you’ll eat more of it than they will anyway.
  3. Load up on the fruits and veggies first. Yes, this is common sense, but we often have a moment of weakness once it’s go time. The times I’ve done this, I really have eaten less.
  4. Once it’s time for dessert, assess the situation and determine what you really want. If it’s that piece of pumpkin pie, then eat it. Don’t get a piece of pumpkin pie, plus a cookie, plus a brownie. Eat your piece of dessert, and don’t go back for seconds. Stay strong. It’s hard, but you can do it.
  5. Have an accountability partner. I’m part of a clean eating group right now and also periodically check in with my sister-in-law. While I haven’t been perfect, I do feel both have helped!

Not gaining weight during this time of year is a colossal success. For those of you trying to lose weight, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t. Keep trying and don’t give up, but remember that the past is the past and you can only move forward. Things will get easier after the New Year. Until then, we simply have to do our best! Good luck!

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