How To Make It Through The Holidays Without Gaining An Ounce

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Trying to lose weight is an ongoing battle for some people, and the holidays present a big challenge even to those who do not have a weight problem. If you have struggled through the past year to finally drop those unwanted pounds, and you are afraid you are going to put it all back on over the holiday season, fear not! There are tips you can implement to make sure that you are able to take part in the good times ahead without worrying about putting those pounds back on.

 

1. Have a plan in place

Do not skip a meal the day of a party. Showing up hungry will just make you eat food faster, not less food. You should actually eat a small snack, preferably with protein, before you go to an event where you are going to be eating. The protein (something like a hardboiled egg or a piece of string cheese) will keep your blood sugar level even. You will be able to make better decisions when you are not irritated or hungry.

 

2. Drink lots of water

Staying hydrated will keep you feeling full so you won’t be so apt to succumb to high-calorie temptations. Sip on bottled water or a glass of sparkling water with a wedge of lime to give it a little spritz of flavor.

 

3. Get a good night’s sleep

Not only will you feel better when you have had a full seven to eight hours of rest each night, a recent study showed that women who didn’t have a full night’s sleep consumed an extra 300 calories the next day and opted for higher calorie foods.

 

4. Fill up on protein and vegetables first

When faced with a beautiful arrangement of delicious delicacies, choose protein first and then fill your plate with plenty of veggies. Carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, rice, and pasta will just fill you up, and make you feel bloated. When you’re already feeling out of control, you are going to throw caution to the wind and give yourself permission to eat everything in sight.

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