You’ve been doing so great with your diet; you’re eating healthier, counting calories, and even hitting up the gym regularly. The last thing you want is to let all that effort and willpower go to waste over the holidays. Still, saying no to second helpings of stuffing can be difficult, which is why you need a few tips to help you stay on track this holiday season.
Bring a Guilt-Free Dish
One of the best ways to cut down on the temptation to overeat at your holiday meals is to prepare and bring your own healthy, guilt-free dish. For example, consider bringing some roasted butternut squash as a side dish, which has about a quarter of the calories of the traditional potato dish. For a dessert that’s decadent but not too indulgent, why not bring some chocolate-covered fruit? You won’t even miss that apple pie.
By having healthy options to choose from, you’ll be less likely to slip up and more likely to stay on track.
Get a Good Workout
By getting a great workout in the day of a holiday party, you’ll be able to stay more motivated when it comes to your food choices at the party itself. After all, you don’t want to undo all that hard work! If your gym is closed for the holidays, consider going for a jog around your neighborhood or hitting up that stationary bike that’s been sitting dormant in your basement.
Working out just before your holiday event will also help boost your body’s metabolism, so you’ll be able to burn off those holiday meals more quickly.
Make an Announcement
Finally, simply letting your loved ones know that you’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle can make all the difference. Knowing this, they may go out of their way to prepare some healthier meal options. At the very least, your aunt will stop pressuring you to enjoy another scoop of her famous mashed potatoes or another slice of pie.