As we continue towards the winter holiday season with Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, you might be thinking about dieting during the holidays. For many Americans, the holiday season, despite all of its fun, can be stressful when it comes to maintaining or losing weight. In fact, one study found that the average adult gains about 1 pound from mid-November to mid-January, making the holiday season one of the biggest contributors to annual weight gain. So, what can you do to keep your weight on track this holiday season?
According to that same study, monitoring your diet, exercise, and daily weight can help you prevent yourself from gaining that extra pound. In fact, this strategy of self-monitoring works so well that (opens in a new tab) found it to be a very effective and healthy way to lose weight, not just maintain it. When we keep track of these things, including what we’re eating and how much we’re exercising, we’re more likely to make better decisions, leading to better numbers on the scale.
There are many different ways to do this. For instance, there are a ton of different smartphone apps that let you log and track what you’re eating, how much of it, your activity, and your weight at daily weigh-ins. There are also smart scales that use Bluetooth to automatically log and keep track of your weight, as well as other fitness tech gadgets that keep track of your activity. However, if using technology isn’t something you’re interested in doing, you can also go old-school and use notebooks!
Though self-monitoring is a great habit to get into, it doesn’t necessarily make it easier to avoid all the delicious holiday options you’ll be surrounded by. Luckily, you can still enjoy some of these special seasonal treats with less guilt. For instance, as you go about your day, between the big, special holiday meals, make sure to snack smart. Enjoying low-calorie and nutritious options like fruits and vegetables, as well as drinking water instead of juices and sodas, can help leave room in your calorie budget for later.
When later comes and it’s time to eat dinner, there are other tricks you can utilize. For instance, try eating smaller; meaning eating smaller portions off smaller plates with smaller utensils. Portion control allows us to consume fewer calories by putting less food in front of ourself to begin with, but what you use to eat your food can be useful, too. Think about it: when you’re eating small portions but using a large plate, it can be tempting to take a bit more to fill in that empty space. By using a smaller plate, it will be easier to stick to your portion sizes. Your utensils are important, too; using smaller utensils will force you to take smaller bites, slowing down your eating speed and allowing you to fill up faster.
Eating wisely still may seem easier said than done. For extra support, try our . Not only will our physicians walk you through our proven diet plan to help you get your daily food habits on track, but our program also utilizes products that suppress fat and carbohydrate absorption to aid you in your weight loss journey.
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