Celebration and indulgence often go hand-in-hand, and most holiday get-togethers center around copious amounts of food and drink. This makes it difficult to make healthy choices during the holidays, especially when everyone around you is indulging in the very foods and drinks you’re trying to avoid. Sometimes it seems like the only healthy choice is to skip the parties altogether, doesn’t it?
At Viva Wellness in San Diego, we know how hard it can be to stay on track to lose weight or keep the extra weight off during the holidays. But it is possible. We say, go ahead and party, but do it wisely. This year, let the following tips help keep your holidays happy and healthy.
Eat before you go.
If you fill up on healthy foods before you go to holiday parties or get-togethers, you’ll be less likely to over-snack on the calorie dense foods at the buffet.
Wear snug-fitting clothes.
You know how you have to hold your stomach in a bit when you wear your red party dress? Well, that’s the one you should wear because it will help keep you body-conscious enough to avoid over-eating.
When you arrive at the party, don’t go straight for the food. Instead, grab a seltzer water and mingle a bit. Busy yourself with the people at the party instead of the food. The time you spend conversing is time not spent eating.
Browse before you “buy.”
When you start feeling hungry and ready to partake in the party food, browse first. Rather than grabbing from the first bowl of nuts you see, get the lay of the land. What’s at the buffet and on the snack tables? Challenge yourself to eat nothing until you know what all your choices are. Then give yourself permission to choose two items to try before the night is out.
Avoid the appetizers.
Those little bite-sized appetizers that come floating past on trays may look cute and harmless, but they’re not. Think about them as calorie traps. They take so little effort to pop in your mouth that it’s easy to eat them mindlessly. And anyone who has tried to lose weight or keep it off knows that mindless eating will work against you every time.
If you drink one glass of water between alcoholic drinks, you’ll be doing yourself three big favors. First, swapping out the calories in the alcohol limits your calorie intake. Second, limiting your alcohol intake will help you make wise calorie choices as the night goes on. Third, water is filling, so it’ll help curb your appetite.
Limit the variety.
Did you know that flavor variety stimulates the appetite? It’s true. Research shows that limiting variety can help you fill up faster – on fewer calories. So when you go to the buffet table, take small portions of only two items at a time.
Use the appetizer or salad plate for your meal.
The larger a plate is, the smaller the portions will look. So when you go to the buffet table, use the appetizer or salad plates. Less food will fit on them, and the food that does fit will look like a lot more than it actually is.
If there’s music at the party, dance. If someone breaks out Guitar Hero, join in. Play Pictionary, board games, or whatever else will keep you busy and having fun. When you’re occupied and engaged in the party, your mind won’t be consumed by what’s on the dessert table. Bonus points for calories lost on the dance floor!
Sometimes it takes more than just willpower to make healthy choices during the holidays. At Viva Wellness in San Diego, we can help you. Our medical weight loss therapy programs can give you an edge over the holiday calorie traps. Not only can we provide pharmaceutical tools to help curb your appetite, but you’ll also get the support of our medical staff. Our program, which also includes diet and exercise recommendations, will provide the structure and support you need to get through the holidays and beyond.
Give us a call now at (619) 222-5433, and let’s get these holidays off to a happy and healthy start.