With the holiday’s just around the corner the temptation of food can be almost irresistible. Food has become a central part of the holiday season, from cookies at work to the lavish dinner at home to cocktails and canapes everywhere you turn. This can make weight loss feel nearly impossible, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a 3 tips to helping you stay trim over the holiday season.

  1. Always eat before you arrive
    Whether it is an office party or a family gathering never arrive on an empty stomach. Fill up before hand on healthy and hearty foods like veggies and low fat protein. If you are full you are much less tempted to eat indiscriminately and throw off your weight loss regime. If you are feeling hungry you can also drink a big glass of water before you start eating. This will help fill you up, and water doesn’t contain any calories.

  2. Set a food limit
    Canapes and other goodies can be tempting, especially if everyone is raving about how delicious they are. They can also be deceptive, because those small morsels can quickly add up and are it can be difficult to keep count. To help stick to your diet set yourself a limit of how many canapes you can eat and stick to it. Stick the toothpick in your pocket for every canape you have and once your limit don’t eat anything else. This way you don’t feel deprived, but you can also scope out in advance which goodies you really want and ignore the ones you don’t. The same goes for dinner. Opt for the smallest plate and be sure to fill half of it with veggies, and divide your other half between meat, dairy and starches. And remember, potatoes are a starch, not a vegetable.

  3. Limit your alcohol consumption
    We don’t really think of drinks as having calories, but they can add up quickly. Set a limit for how many drinks you can have at each event and supplement them with water. If you want you can also opt for a carbonated water with a slice of lemon or lime if you are looking for something a little fancier than plain water. Especially look out for eggnog and eggnog based drinks. A single cup of eggnog can contain 223 calories, and most glasses hold at least a cup and a half, even two cups. That’s potentially 446 calories, more than a light meal, that you aren’t gaining any nutrients from.

To help you start your weight loss journey this holiday season call Dream Body today at 403.612.3538 to book your free consultation appointment and visit paulanthony.ca for more information.

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