When thinking of the holidays, you might envision decorations, your family, lots of laughter, and most definitely party after party of food. Many people choose to throw their diets out the window once Thanksgiving hits, thinking that they will resume eating healthy and smaller portions after the new year. While resolving to be healthier in the new year is a good thing, you shouldn’t let the holidays ruin any hard-won progress from your previous year. Here are six easy ways to help you deck the halls without throwing out your diet.
1. Plan Ahead and Bring a Healthy Dish
If you know that you are going to a holiday party or that your holiday dinners are usually full of carbs, plan ahead to bring your own healthy dish. Dieting doesn’t have to be distasteful; there are plenty of ways to incorporate healthy foods into any meal. Offer to bring mashed cauliflower, which can replace your mashed potatoes. If most of your calories come from snacking, bring a low-calorie offering to help curb your cravings.
2. Avoid Trigger Foods
The adage that you can never have just one potato chip rings true for many people struggling to maintain their diets. Holiday parties and meals are often full of foods that we mindlessly snack on or that once we start eating, we can’t stop. Be mindful of what these foods are and try to avoid them. Choosing a healthier alternative can be just as delicious, and you won’t feel so bad about indulging in hummus and carrots as you would a whole bag of chips.
3. It’s All About Moderation
Most successful diets tell you that moderation is the key to success, so don’t forget it through the holiday season. Sure, have some carbs, starches, and dessert, but keep portions minimal. Pack your plate with protein, veggies, and just enough empty calories to satisfy your holiday cravings.
4. Don’t Drink Your Calories
Alcohol is a hidden holder of useless, empty calories. Most have high sugar contents and can create cravings that cause you to overeat even more. Find out how many calories are in your drink of choice, and set yourself a healthy limit. Don’t stay deprived during the holidays; just be mindful of what you are putting in your body.
5. Don’t Avoid Your Workout
The holidays can be a hectic time, but make sure you prioritize your time at the gym. This is especially true following days where you may have overindulged at your office Christmas party. Working hard is just as important as watching what you eat. Maintaining your workout habit through the holidays will also making it easier to keep it going into the new year.
6. Don’t Stress
Try not to stress out. If you have one night where you have an extra roll and dessert, don’t throw out your whole diet. We all may have temporary digressions, but there is no reason not to start over at the next meal rather than continuing bad habits the rest of the day or week. However, if you get through the holidays and feel that your body isn’t in the condition you desire, Dr. Austin and his team are here to help! We offer liposuction to help get rid of those few pounds you might have gained and laser skin treatments to erase the aging effects the holidays may have had on your skin.