The holidays can either be the perfect excuse to put on a few pounds or an excellent opportunity to try some new techniques to keep on track with your weight loss goals. With a few simple changes, you can ring in the New Year with a head start on your weight loss resolutions!
It’s a holiday not a “holimonth”: Culturally, we are programmed to take a one day celebration and turn it into a continuous, month long feast. By keeping celebrations focused on the one day occasion that they truly are, we will have a lot less temptation to deal with. Go ahead and enjoy this time with friends and family, but turn your focus toward the socializing and away from the food. Save your indulgences for that one special day, instead of letting the month long festivities interfere with your success!
Never go to an event hungry: We tend to want to hold out and save our appetites for the main event, therefore arriving at the party starving. Instead, have a light, healthy snack before you arrive so that your focus is not on immediately scouring the hors d’oeuvres trays. A deprived body, will inevitably become a ravenous one, leading to poor food choices and overindulgence. Before you grab a plate, first reach for a tall glass of water. This will help to fill you up so that you’re less likely to overindulge.
Increase your activity: One of the best ways to counteract the calories is to keep your body moving. Why not plan to take a walk with friends and family after the meal? This will provide a more finite end to the meal so that everyone isn’t lingering around the dessert table for hours, mindlessly consuming additional calories. Also, offer to help the host or hostess with setup and cleanup. This will keep you up and moving around so that you’re not only burning calories, but also staying occupied so that you’re less tempted to overeat.
Think before you reach: Many times our eating has nothing to do with hunger and everything to do with boredom, stress, or emotion. When you feel tempted to go back for seconds or reach for something that goes against your personal weight loss goals, take a moment. Walk away from the temptation and think about whether you’re really hungry or if your temptation has another underlying reason. With a little forethought, you will likely make a decision that aligns with your weight loss goals and just feels better!
Slow down: Eating too quickly can sabotage your weight loss efforts. Since it takes the brain at least 20 minutes to send signals of fullness to the body, we need to eat more slowly to give ourselves time to realize that we are satisfied. Recent research presented at a meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity concluded that when overweight people slowed the pace of their eating, they took in fewer calories. To slow down your consumption, take time to chew your food thoroughly, put your fork down between bites, and drink water along with your meal.
Your Medifast counselors are available and eager to lend extra support and encouragement to ensure that you successfully navigate the holiday season. Remember, you don’t have to tip the scales this holiday season. Instead, you can get a head start on your New Year’s resolution for 2016!
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