Eat, drink and be merry sounds great, doesn’t it? Until those pants get too tight and you realize you’ve gone and done it again: gained the winter 5.
But it doesn’t have to be that way this year! With a slightly altered mindset, you can make it through the holidays and the new year unscathed (and maybe even a pound or 2 lighter.)
Ward Off That Winter 5-lb.Gain
1. Focus On Moderation
Swearing off all treats tends to backfire. Instead, keep reminding yourself that small amounts of rich foods can be satisfying, especially when you’re eating without guilt.
2. Stay Mindful
Did you pick up a cookie at a party that you don’t really like all that much? Put it down. Are you popping snacks in the break room mindlessly while you chart? Stay aware of what you’re eating and whether or not you’re really hungry to help curb unwanted calories. And if you’re eating the best chocolate chip cookie of your life, likewise, notice that, too. It will taste that much better.
3. Keep Moving
With all of the busy stress of the holidays and the new year, exercise often is the first thing to go. But this is when you need it most! If you can’t stick with your usual routine, try smaller bursts of exercise and focus on more activity in your daily life. We’ve heard from lots of readers who use their breaks to squeeze in a fifteen-minute walk. This can do wonders to keep you from getting stuck in couch potato land.
4. Limit Your Alcohol
Not only can those tasty drinks pack on the calories, but after a cocktail or two, your resolve to stay away from the dessert table starts to falter. Alternate your party drinks with glasses of seltzer or try one of our festive mocktails for an alcohol-free treat.
Although this is a joyous time of year, there’s no question that increased stress levels come along for the ride. You’re running around trying to get everything on your to-do list taken care of, while working your regular (and sometimes extra) shifts. And although extra time with family and friends is wonderful, they can also drive you nuts! The more stressed you are, the greater the chance you’ll overdo it on the eating. So say “No” to commitments once in a while, try to squeeze in a nap, light a candle and watch the flame for a few minutes while you drink a cup of tea. Find other ways to soothe besides that peppermint bark that’s been calling your name. Your waistline will be grateful.
And you know what? If you do go a bit overboard this season, not to worry. You’re only human.
Kindness. That’s what this season is all about. That starts with being kind to yourself.
What are your tips for warding off those extra winter pounds?