Holidays are always a challenging time for weight loss. Whether you’re cooking a meal, hosting family members, or traveling, there are plenty of stressors that can arise during the holiday season. Food is one way many of us cope with stress — but that’ll put you on the fast-track to weight gain. Read below to learn four strategies to deal with holiday temptations.
1. Set goals.
Remember that special occasions occur all the time. In order to make it through the holiday season, it’s important to set a weight loss (or maintenance) goal and stick to it. At the very least, log your bigger meals. It’s a quick, easy way to keep track of what you’re eating and help you stay the course.
2. Make a game plan.
In order to stick to your diet, it’s important to create a plan. Build the holiday meals and parties into your daily diet and exercise schedule and do your best to stick to it. Plan ahead exactly what you will have and put it into Noom before Thanksgiving dinner begins. That way, you’ll be able to visualize your plate and the amount of calories each food will cost you. If you’re going way over the amount you would like to eat, scale back on foods you could do without.
3. Find a balance.
If you want a bit of the entire Thanksgiving feast, try to savor a small portion of the most calorie-laden foods such as stuffing and pie. Focus on the pleasure you get from the little bit, and stop there. Or, if you know you want a large piece of pecan pie, balance that out by having less at dinner.
4. Stay aware.
Finally, just being conscious of the fact that holidays have tremendous excess may help. Remain aware of the extra food and drinks around you and do your best to eat healthfully. Remember to get your workouts completed (make them non-negotiable appointments) and try to stay as close to your diet as possible. And keep in mind, the holidays come around once a year. Don’t be too hard on yourself — holidays are meant to be enjoyed!