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How to control holiday weight gain

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While may people manage to lose their extra holiday pounds, preventing them is a much easier route. But somehow, holiday weight gain always seems to sneak up on us.  Traditions such as holiday dinners, parties, and gifts are cherished, but they can also be hazardous to your dress size.

The 5 easy tactics will help you avoid holiday weight gain without missing out on the delicious side of December. As you’ll see, you don’t need to skip your favorite holiday dishes to keep your figure. All you need is awareness and moderation.

No wolves allowed.

Going to a dinner party? Munch on some healthy snacks while you’re getting ready for . Showing up without a growling belly means you’ll be less likely to overeat. Eat what you want, but stick with small portions. Since your stomach is content from your wholesome mini-meal, you can enjoy a taste of everything without filling up on it. Nuts, granola, and veggies will keep the hunger wolves at bay, and are less fattening than your typical holiday meal.

The ole switcheroo.

No time to eat before you eat? Pull the ole switcheroo. When it’s time to load up your plate, let the side dishes be your entrée. Side dishes (think asparagus) are often healthier than the main dish (think honey-baked ham.) They’re also just as delicious and most dinner tables offer several varieties. Let the salads, grains, and veggies dominate your plate, with a corner left for that fattening entrée. And make sure to eat your “sides” first.

Lose the crutch.

Imagine yourself at a crowded party. Dozens of people, a lively dance floor, a giant buffet. Looking around, you don’t see anyone you know. Rather than stand idly, you head to the buffet table and wait for a familiar face. Sound familiar? It’s natural, we all do it. But we don’t have to. Don’t let 10 pigs-in-a-blanket safeguard you from ditching your comfort zone. Instead of pigging out, socialize. Strike up a conversation with a stranger, get on the dance floor, strut around the room like the belle of the ball. Gain friends, not weight.

Take count. 

Of course, we’re not suggesting you ignore that decadent buffet. Just enjoy it in moderation. Keep track of what you eat, especially when it comes to those teensy horderves. It’s all too easy to mindlessly scarf down those delectable horderves.

Be conscientious; keep count, or hang onto the little toothpicks for a tangible reminder. Take advantage of the buffet’s healthy options, and keep the bacon bites to a minimum. Not only will you prevent weight gain, you’ll also be less prone to bloating in that elegant party dress (it’s called having a food baby, and it’s not pretty.)

Don’t be “that” guest.

Limiting your alcohol intake is smart for many reasons. For one, you won’t end up abusing the karaoke machine with your drunken rendition of Silent Night. You’ll also be saving yourself a mind-boggling amount of calories. Alcohol, and mixed drinks in particular, are insanely sugary. That candy-cane martini-probably has more calories than the cupcake you’ve been avoiding so responsibly. Remember that dessert-flavored cocktails taste like that for a reason. Stick with one or two simple drinks. Responsible drinking preserves calories, health, and dignity.

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