The time is here for parties, family dinners, and goodies around the house. This is a recipe for disaster, and if you’re not careful it could reverse your fat loss results quicker than you can say Happy Holidays!
I’d like to make it easy for you to stay on track with your healthy eating, even while being tempted by all kinds of holiday foods during this festive time of year, so keep reading for 4 Holiday Party Survival Guide Tips…
Holiday Party Survival Guide Tip #1: It's about how much you eat, not what you eat.
There are a couple ways to go about this, but all of them have to do with you monitoring your calorie intake. We are big on allowing our clients to enjoy the holidays, but going backwards is never fun. So, there are a couple strategies you can employ if you are going to a holiday event:
1. Reduce your food intake during the early part of the day. Cut your normal food intake and leave room for more "fun calories" at the party. This will minimize the party's effect.
2. You can reduce your calories a little each day leading up to the party. If you eat 100 less calories Monday through Friday, that leaves you 500 extra the day of the party.
3. You can add some cardio to your routine before and after the party to burn some extra calories. Now, I don't recommend this as a lifestyle, but once in a while when you have a special occasion, this can neutralize the extra calories from the party.
Holiday Party Survival Guide Tip #2: Alcohol or Sweets
This is one that I kind of figured out for myself, but it has served me well. When you go to a party, you make the decision before you go on whether you are going to have some "fun" food that you wouldn't normally eat, OR have a few more drinks than you normally would.
The big problems come when you combine both overeating and alcohol. Those calories add up really fast, and you are left with a bigger hole to dig yourself out of. If you can commit to one or the other, you will save yourself a ton of calories.
Holiday Party Survival Guide Tip #3: Avoid all the Extras
You were so good to order a salad, but then you ruined it by drenching the salad in creamy dressing. Just a few tablespoons of creamy dressing contain more than 20 grams of fat and hundreds of calories. Same goes for pasta dishes – avoid the ones with creamy, heavy sauces, as these are simply loaded with extra fat and calories.
Butter is another culprit of extra, unnecessary calories. Again, I want to stress that there is nothing wrong with butter, but when you use it as a topping, you are adding a lot of extra calories to your meal.
Here’s a healthier alternative to creamy dressings… Vinegar Dressing and Red Sauce Dressing and sauce are meant to lend flavor to salad and noodles, not fat and calories. Vinegar-based dressings pack amazing flavor in with minimal fat and calories. You can even mix your own dressing at home. Take high quality vinegar, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper, your choice of dried herbs, and a bit of olive oil.
Holiday Party Survival Guide Tip #4: Minimize Sweet Beverages
‘Tis the season for sugary beverages like egg nog, sweet cocktails, and hot cocoa. The sheer number of sugar grams in one of these beverages is usually the same as dessert! So before you indulge in a sweet drink, consider changing your order to something less sweet, or count it as your dessert. Here’s a healthier alternative to sweet beverages… sweeten with liquid stevia. Carry a small bottle of water-based, liquid stevia and use a little squirt to sweeten your beverage of choice this holiday season without adding any grams of sugar. Ask for your beverage to be made without sugar, and then sweeten it yourself without any repercussions to your fitness results.
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