Over the next few weeks, overindulgence is going to be overwhelmingly easy. If you’re like many women, you dread holiday weight gain, so here are a few tips to avoid gaining pounds during the holidays.
Never sit down to a big feal on a very-empty stomach. Meals like Thanksgiving dinner are bound to make even the most diligent people into fiends, and who can blame them? All that home cooked food is hard to resist. Try snacking on veggies before dinner to satiate your hunger; this will help you avoid taking seconds (or thirds) of high-calorie treats like mashed potatoes with gravy and stuffing.
Control your portions. No one is telling you to deny yourself at holiday gatherings, but it’s important to keep in mind that those calories don’t burn themselves. If you don’t want to spend an extra three hours on the treadmill, don’t overload your plate.
Try to keep drinking to the minimum. Alcoholic beverages, especially mixed drinks and punches, are packed full of empty calories. Drink wine spritzers or diet sodas, or better yet, water! It’s okay to have a few drinks, but overindulging on the bubbly will make your pants fit tighter faster than you can say “Happy New Year!”
Choose lighter options of your favorite foods. Generally, sweet potatoes pack more of a nutritional punch than regular potatoes do (that is, if they’re not doused with sugar or marshmallows or butter). Also, especially at Thanksgiving when most dinners include two pies: pecan or pumpkin, your best bet is to stick with the pumpkin pie. Pecan pie is mainly butter and sugar, where pumpkin pie is a tad healthier. It’s still dessert, though, so just remember to watch your portions.