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How To Maintain Your Weight Loss Goals During Holiday Season

June 25th, 2013

Losing weight during the holiday season can seem almost impossible with all of the activities and temptations. No matter where we go during the holidays, we see tempting treats and large portions of everything.

stay on track with weigth loss goalsIt’s practically nonstop parties and holiday meals between Halloween and New Year’s eve; regardless of which holidays you celebrate, you’re probably seeing food and treats wherever you go. There’s just no escaping it! Is it even possible to emerge unscathed from the holiday season? The following tips will help you maintain or even reduce your weight over the holidays.

When you’re going to a holiday party, never arrive with an empty stomach. Fix a tasty but healthy snack for yourself using ingredients you can control. The point is not to stuff yourself at home, but only to eat a small amount. You only want to eat enough so that you’re not starving when you get to the party. This way you’ll find it much easier to limit your intake of holiday cookies, candies, and the like at the party.

In between all those holiday meals and parties, eat as healthy as you can. This isn’t to say you should starve yourself. Reducing your calorie intake can be dangerous around the holidays, as you’re then likely to binge on the wrong foods when you’re exposed to them. Lean protein and healthy carbs (in moderation) can help you feel satisfied without being fattening.

When you take this precaution with the meals you can control, you won’t feel as guilty for indulging during the holiday parties.

For anyone trying to stick to a diet, the holidays can provide you with one temptation after the other, whether you’re at the store, the office or at a friend or relative’s house. For some reason people just do more baking and candy buying during the holiday season than they do the rest of the year.

Resisting the offer of someone’s cookies or a piece of chocolate isn’t easy for most of us. It’s not easy to say “no,” but it’s not impossible either! Get into the habit of politely refusing, explaining that you’re trying to lose weight. You won’t have hurt the person’s feelings and your diet remains intact.

Also give yourself permission to cheat every now and then, as this is only human. Simply allow for some treats in your diet plan, but be conscious that you don’t overdo it.

Keeping your weight under control during the holiday season takes some effort, but it’s certainly possible. If you want to emerge from the holidays without any extra pounds, you can do so. It really comes down to your frequent habits -so if you exercise regularly and eat healthy the majority of the time, you can afford a few transgressions during the holidays.