The holidays are a difficult time to actually lose weight. We have to go and be with family and there are always the high fat foods and desserts. It is also a time of office Christmas parties and church functions all with lots of high calories desserts. During the holidays, most people gain between 10 to 15 pounds. Here are some weight loss tips to help you get through the holidays without gaining weight.
Holiday weight loss tip #1: Plan ahead. You know ahead of time when you will be going to a party or some else's house. Call ahead and find out what will be on the menu. Once you know this then sit down and figure out what you can have. Don't concentrate on what you are unable to eat. Try to eat the lean portions of meat and eat the vegetables. Watch how much bread you are eating. Just make sure you plan. You can also eat smaller lower calories meals leading up to the holiday gathering, in order to save your calories.
Holiday weight loss tip #2: Desserts. You know that you will want to eat something sweet to eat during the holidays. You can take a low-calorie dessert with you or you can eat a smaller portion of one dessert. Don't think that you can have a small piece of every dessert. You must choose just one and eat a smaller portion of that one. Limit your sweets. Just remember that you need to eat in moderation.
Holiday weight loss tip #3: Journal. You need to write down all that you are eating at this time. You will be surprised at how calories can sneak up on you. You don't want to get caught off guard by not keeping up with how many calories you are eating during this time or you may find yourself gaining those 10-15 pounds of weight.
Holiday weight loss tip #4: Exercise. After the big turkey dinner, get up and go for a brisk walk. This will help you feel better and keep the calories down. This does not mean that you can go back and eat a second dessert or eat more at the dinner table. Just remember that a lot of heart attacks happen this time of year because right after dinner, we get up and go take a nap instead of taking a walk. Exercise is important to keeping the calories down.
Holiday weight loss tip #5: Drink water. I know you have been good and drinking water while you are dieting and you want to have that coke to go with your meal instead, but water has no calories and it does not contain artificial ingredients that may trigger you to eat more. Besides drinking a large glass of water before sitting down to a meal will keep you from eating too much at the meal.
The holidays are a difficult time to lose weight, but it can be done if you follow the above tips. Enjoy this time with your friends and family, but don't overdo it. You have been working hard to lose the weight. Let's prove it to our loved ones and ourselves. We are serious about losing the weight and keeping it off even during this time of the year.