I feel like the holidays are one of the hardest times of the year to stay on track with your goals. Statistics show that people gain, on average, 8-10 lbs (or less, I stand corrected.) between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. That's crazy! And not shocking at all. There is an abundance of delicious food, social situations, and stress. It can be a disastrous combination.
But the good news is, it doesn't have to be! In the past I have struggled with the holidays, but I have a few things that help me stay on track.
1. Be prepared. Know when you have events coming up and plan for them. Make sure to eat good nutrient rich food before you go, and plan to indulge a little bit. Don't go hungry and make sure to drink lots of water. It's alright to indulge, especially in the foods you love and only get once a year, just make sure to do it in moderation, and don't feel guilty about it.
2. Limit your alcohol. I know, this takes all the fun out of it, believe me, but try not to drink an entire day's worth of calories in a night. Stick to drinks that don't have a lot of excess sugar, and limit yourself to one or two.
3. Bring a dish. When we go to a family get together, I always bring my favorite dish. That way I know what is in it, and I can turn to it without feeling guilty.
4. Set a goal and stay accountable. I think we get in the mentality that the year is almost over and we can start over next year, so we stop thinking about it. Its nice to take a break, but sometimes what we need is to stay focused and work toward our goals.
Last holiday season, my friend Ash and I co-hosted a diet bet that went from Thanksgiving day to Christmas eve, as a promise to lose weight between the holidays, and not gain (like most people do). It was awesome and really kept us accountable over the holidays, so we are doing it again!
Along with this Diet Bet will be a private Facebook group for all the support, accountability and comradare you can imagine.
I am looking forward to the support and accountability of a Diet bet this holiday season. Are you up for the challenge?