Why is it that Thanksgiving (followed closely at the heels by Christmas) instantly means weight gain? My guess would be all the holiday parties and seasonal favorites, such as eggnog, which are chock full of calories. I am guilty of it just as much as the next person. My favorite cookies come out this time of year, along with delicious flavors of hot chocolate.
Along with the calorie rich desserts, we tend to drink a bit more during the holidays. Martinis and champagne are not exactly low calorie. More than anything, though, is the over-indulgence you come across during this festive season. There is an attitude of “It’s OK…it’s Christmas!” that leads to the fourth glass of punch or the second slice of cake.
I have bought my holiday favorites: a box of mint Andes chocolate cookies and Dove peppermint bark. The cookies are, sadly, gone. Once my holidays treats are all gone I am making a vow not to buy any more! (Unless my husband gets them for me for my stocking. Perhaps I should drop some hints? That wouldn’t be exactly cheating, would it?) I have been working so hard this year to take the weight off that I really don’t feel like putting it back on before the new year even begins. With that in mind, here are some helpful hints to help you do the same.
- Don’t stop your exercise regimen!
- If you want to indulge, make up for it by increasing your activity level.
- Restrict yourself to one treat a day, such as a glass of champagne or a piece of cake.
- Don’t stick yourself by the food. Remember to mingle and have fun! If you’re talking, you can’t be eating! (Or, at least not politely!)
- Eat before you attend.
- Eat foods high in fiber which keep you fuller longer!
Hope this helps you stop the traditional ten pound holiday gain! And if not, I suppose there are always New Year’s Resolutions!