Preventing Holiday Weight Gain: 10 Tips
Although there is disagreement about the actual numbers, it is believed that the average weight gain between Halloween and the new year is 6-12 pounds!
To avoid reaching New Year’s Day feeling upset and disappointed with yourself that once again you ate your way through the holidays, here are some tips:
- Practice mindfulness. When approaching the table laden with food, be conscious of your choices. Survey the whole table first before beginning to load your plate.
- Never arrive hungry. Some folks eat lightly all day because they’re going to a party, and this always results in overeating.
- When choosing to eat something “fattening,” make it a conscious choice. When you eat it feeling guilty you’ll metabolize it differently than when eating it with enjoyment and focus.
- Focus on people rather than the food. Find people you like to be with or want to learn more about instead of hanging out near the food table.
- Ask for and give hugs. They fill you in a very different way than the food!
- Go easy on the booze. Over-indulging on alcohol often leads to overeating, too!
- Whether you eat high calorie or low calorie food doesn’t determine your moral character. You are not bad because you ate too much. Learn self-forgiveness rather than “I blew it so I might as well keep eating.”
- If attending a potluck, bring a healthy dish that you like to ensure that there is something to eat that you’ll find healthy and enjoyable.
- Listen for your “I don’t care” or “it doesn’t matter” voice that will tell you it’s okay to keep eating and eating. When you are conscious of that voice, you can lightly say to it, “Thanks for your input. Now sit down and shut up,” as you move yourself away from the food.
- Find some fun activities to include in the holidays that don't revolve around food … and maybe the activities will even include movement!
Hope you are enjoying the holiday season!
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