Many people associate the holidays with excessive eating and drinking. If you’re worried about eating or drinking too much over the party season, the good news is there are ways to manage your food and drink consumption so you don’t hinder your weight loss plans – plus still have fun!
We also know that if you are following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, you may be wondering what the best option is for your festive tipple. See our guide below to help you make the best choice.
How to enjoy the festive season WITHOUT gaining weight
1. Don’t arrive ravenous to a party
There’s nothing like extreme hunger to test anyone’s willpower. If you arrive at a gathering hungry you are far more likely to end up overdoing it on alcohol, plus whatever food happens to be served first (which tends to be less than healthy).
Try to prepare for this by having a nutritious snack before you arrive, such as a banana, yogurt, some trail mix or a muffin (especially if you know there won’t be a main meal served).
2. Don’t stand near the food or the bar
Try to keep busy chatting with people away from the snacks, and avoid the tendency to overeat just for something to do with your hands. Grab some water so that your hands are busy if that helps.
3. Choose your drinks wisely
Free drinks can be a killer for willpower. Especially large, creamy, sugary drinks with umbrellas in them. Have one and enjoy it (but best not to have 3!).
A great option is to enjoy a glass of white wine or champagne with some sparkling water in it. You still enjoy the flavor but it drastically reduces your alcohol and calorie intake. Plus no one will know that you are being drink-smart.