Christmas is a great time of year. People find themselves having tons of fun surrounded by smiling family and friends, sharing stories by a crackling fire, and singing carols that bring wonderful memories flooding back. But the Christmas season also means fantastic feasts with the most delectable dishes and tasty drinks imaginable. It's also the perfect scenario for wrecking the diet you've worked all year to make a part of your life. The following tips can help you to enjoy the holiday season without falling prey to the temptations that will make you pack on those unwanted pounds.
Moderation is the key to enjoying those savory holiday sweetmeats without gaining too much weight. If you limit yourself to just small amounts of appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts, you can enjoy your favorite foods and drinks without gaining excessive weight.
Cutting back on the trimmings can also help. When you are putting together your plate with your meats, greens, and starches, hold off on the butter, cream sauces, cheese, nuts, gravy, and whipped cream. They can double or triple the calories of your meals, leave you feeling stuffed, and add unwanted ponds to your waistline. Your goal should be to feel satisfied and sample the delicacies without overeating.
Another good strategy for keeping the weight off when feasting during the holidays is to wear snug-fitting clothing. That will force you to focus on how uncomfortable your clothing feels when you begin to eat large amounts of food. Plus it's hard to look cute when your stomach is threatening to burst out of your outfit. It's a case of vanity helping you to stick to a sensible sized meal.
Holding a drink in your dominant hand is another way to fend off the temptation to try every tasty-looking food at the gathering. Just the time and thought it takes to put down your drink or move it to your weaker hand can help you remember your goal of not eating too much.
Chewing gum can also keep you from eating too much. The fact you already have something in your mouth makes it that much more difficult for you to throw caution to the wind and dive into the buffet.
Restricting yourself to eating only the special foods you don't get any other time of year can also help you win the battle against the bulge. Be a food snob. If you don't absolutely love it, then don't eat it. This way you won't feel the need to sample everything on the table. Once you've made your choices, eating it slowly and savoring every bite will help you feel full quicker and make ignoring the other tempting dishes easier.
When you go to Christmas parties, get into the fun and games. Show off your dance moves and learn new ones. Take some time to talk to the oldest and youngest person there. Spend a few minutes with that relative you haven't seen in years. This will help take your focus off the food and help protect your figure.
Special holiday alcoholic drinks like eggnog are loaded with calories. Try alternating between alcohol and nonalcoholic beverages. Plus do remember to drink some water. This combination can cut the calories you get from alcohol in half. Plus you won't be drunk and disorderly.
Holiday parties give you an opportunity to enjoy spending time with family and friends. It does not have to be about scarfing down as much food and drinks as possible. Focus more on the family traditions and the spirit of the season and you can enjoy yourself with wrecking your diet.