How to Enjoy Holiday Food Without the Weight Gain

This year, enjoy holiday meals without the weight gain!

This year, enjoy holiday meals without the weight gain!

The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year.  And one reason is all the food!

From American Thanksgiving until New Years, there’s a steady stream of parties and special dinners.  Some are full meals with meat and all the trimmings, others are just hors d’ourves – but lots of them!  And of course, there’s all the desserts:  pies, cheesecakes, Christmas cookies, and more.

Many years, I’ve gained weight during the holidays, like so many people do.  But this year, I’m planning to maintain my weight.

Here’s how I’m going to do it:

  1. I’m going to increase my exercise regimen from now until New Years.
  2. I’m going to make trade-offs in what I eat.  On days when I have a holiday meal or special event planned, I’m going to lower my caloric intake for the other meals that day.
  3. I’m going to enjoy smaller samples of desserts instead of taking a whole piece.

What about you?  Do you often gain weight during the holidays?  If so, give some of these strategies a try and see if they’ll help you keep the extra weight off this year.  If you have any other ideas, please be sure to share them!

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  1. Here’s what I do, and it works for me! I enjoy the meal and those I am with. I mindfully eat my meal, savoring each bite. This slows me down from the feeding frenzy I used to go into. Since I slow down, my stomach has the chance to let me know it is full!

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