The Best Christmas Weight Loss Tips

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Some people might say that trying to lose weight during the Christmas season is crazy, but it’s definitely not impossible if you just apply some common sense strategies.

The following is a collection of the best” Christmas weight loss tips:

Christmas weight loss Tip #1 – Always Eat Breakfast

If you don’t eat all day and then attend a party or dinner, you’re much more likely to overdo it on calories as you try to eat everything in sight. Instead, start each day with a healthy, low-calorie breakfast. A small bowl of oatmeal with a serving of fruit and low fat milk is a great choice, or half of a whole grain bagel with an egg and a side of fruit.

Think two things for staying satisfied longer: protein and fiber.

Christmas weight loss Tip #2 – Fill Up On Fiber

Fiber plays a big role in helping your digestive system work efficiently, and it can also help you avoid big spikes in your blood glucose levels. When you attend Christmas dinners and parties, go for the vegetables and whole grains before eating any simple carbohydrates (sugar, white flour, potatoes). The fiber content will help reduce the impact on your blood sugar and help you control hunger better. Add some lean protein to your fiber foods and you’ve got a winning combination that can help you easily keep your eating under control.

Christmas weight loss Tip #3 – Water Down Alcohol

Make a commitment that you will drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume at a party. This will help you avoid drinking too much, consuming too many liquid calories, and dealing with the dehydration hangover the next day. It may also keep you alive and out of jail.

Christmas weight loss Tip #4 – No Pigging Out

Reward yourself, but keep in mind that the holidays do not come with a license to pig out and eat vast quantities of food. It is okay to indulge in a few treats throughout the season, but make a promise to yourself that you will consume in moderation.

Christmas Weight Loss Tip #5 – Big Eyes, Little Stomach

Avoid making your plate look like you are in the all you can eat line at a Vegas restaurant. You probably will not actually eat all the food you put on your plate and may end up feeling miscerable later. Instead, take only half as much food as you think you will be able to eat or just a small spoonful of everything you want to try.

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How To Eat Healthy During The Holidays

Eating healthy during the holidays seems like an impossible challenge. There are so many delicious treats, parties, shopping marathons in malls filled with tantalizing scents, gift baskets filled with exotic cheese and meat, rich egg nog, family dinners with platters overflowing with fattening foods – who can stick to a healthy eating plan with all of those temptations?

Most people don’t even try. They say, “I’ll just start my diet fresh in the New Year,” and then proceed to stuff themselves with food non-stop from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. No wonder people usually gain weight during the holiday season!

It doesn’t have to be that way for you. If you’d like to create a healthier balance between enjoying the holidays and still keeping your weight down (or even losing a few pounds), check out the easy tips below:

#1 – What You Do “Most Days” Counts

When you consider that there are only a handful of days during the holiday season when you are attending family dinners or parties, it becomes clear that you don’t have to overindulge on “most days”. (You don’t have to overindulge at all, but we’ll get to that in a moment.)

You can decide to eat healthy on “most days” unless you are attending a party or other holiday event, and only during those functions give yourself permission to enjoy a few favorite foods. The rest of the time, stick to small and healthy balanced meals.

#2 – Re-define “Indulge”

Do you think of the holidays as a license to stuff yourself to the point of discomfort? Do you eat so much during holiday dinners that you couldn’t possibly fit another bite if food into your stomach? This isn’t indulging, it’s overindulging, and it’s a good way to gain a few pounds (or more than a few).

Rather than stuffing yourself, you can easily still enjoy holiday meals while eating smaller servings of old favorites and balancing them with larger portions of healthier foods like salads and other vegetables.

#3 – Bring Your Own

When you attend family dinners and holiday parties, why not offer to bring something? You can whip up some healthy, yet still delicious, favorites. In fact, don’t be surprised if several other people at the gatherings are thrilled to have some healthier options too!

It’s definitely not hard to keep your eating in balance during the holiday season. With a bit of planning and common sense, you can still enjoy some of your favorite foods while keeping your weight down or even losing a few pounds if you want to.