Here are some Holiday Tips & Techniques to help you make it through the holiday dining and party scene with minimal impact on your weight loss or maintenance program. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Prescription Weight Loss Clinic®.
Holiday Tips & Techniques
Staying on track with your weight loss program is always a challenge during the holidays! Good food and drink are an integral part of most holiday gatherings. Family, friends, trips and office parties all conspire to sabotage your good work of the past weeks or months. This means that it’s easy to lose ground over the holidays, which means, in turn, that you’ll spend part of January getting back into the ketosis/diet/exercise routine that was responsible for your earlier success.
No one likes to spend time re-losing pounds that they had already lost before, but with just a few simple techniques and continued focus on your long term weight management goals, you can make it through the holidays or other special occasions successfully and stay on track with your First Step to Success!
2. Remove the bread/crackers from finger foods and just eat the contents.
3. Eat more of protein foods instead of desserts, but if you must deal with desserts, just take a couple of nibbles. Avoid the crust on pies and the icing on cakes.
4. At dinners, take a small portion of those dishes you are going to sample and focus on protein foods. Treat big holiday meals like a tasting menu, not a feast!
5. Remember, holiday cheeses are sky high in fat content which means heavy calorie loads!
6. Drinking lots of a zero calorie drink will curb your appetite.
7. Make sure you take your appetite suppressant medication to suppress hunger at holiday events. You may need to adjust your medication schedule to insure that you are “covered” during the special event.
8. Cranberry sauce tastes great, but it’s a HIGH CALORIE, HIGH CARB! Better to skip it and pass it on to the next person.
9. Select a small plate for your food. You’ll tend to eat less that way.
10. It’s best not to snack, but, if you must, consume a non-caloric snack. Diet colas or anything sugar-free work well here.
11. Eat slowly and chew longer! You’ll eat less.
12. If you are bringing a dish to a holiday party or gathering, take a protein dish that you can eat. Shrimp cocktail or grilled chicken strips are good choices.
13. Stick to your “Acceptable Seasonings” list (Chapter 10).
14. At larger gatherings mingle with people who are not standing close by the food tables.
15. Keep both hands full. You’ll eat less with both hands occupied.
16. Alcohol is low in carbs but high in calories. It’s best to skip it altogether, but if you choose to imbibe, follow these basic rules:
a. Take sips rather than swallows.
b. Avoid mixers with cocktails. They add lots of calories.
c. Set a limit at the start of the evening/event and stick to it!
d. Take one glass of wine/cocktail/beer and then switch to a nonalcoholic drink, preferably a zero calorie, zero carb drink, such as diet cola, sparkling water or club soda.
e. If you are going to have more than one alcoholic beverage, drink two glasses of water after each alcoholic drink.
f. Ask if nonalcoholic wine/beer is available (BUT, check the carb/calorie content on the bottle).
17. Don’t forget to exercise daily! A brisk walk around the neighborhood can work wonders in keeping pounds off.