6 Fool-Proof Holiday-Eating Tips

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Afraid of packing on some weight during the holidays? Don’t worry. Everyone else feels the same way.

Smart Holiday-Eating Strategies

So you’ve been very healthy for the past few months until the holiday rolls around and food is everywhere. There’s family gatherings, office potlucks, and all the other social events in between. When you’re worried about packing on some holiday weight, the following are smart holiday-eating strategies you should try.

Bring a Healthy Meal For the Potluck

When everyone else is contributing Christmas cookies, bring a dish that you can enjoy. That way you’re not stuck with a super cheesy mac and cheese that someone else brought. You can also have the hot soup first before eating the main course to avoid eating too much because broth-based soups are perfect for helping you feel satiated.

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Eat Before Shopping

Don’t go holiday shopping without having a meal first. The last thing you want to happen is to get lured into the food court filled with temptations. It might also be helpful to have a route around the mall to avoid passing stores like Cinnabon. And if you really must have a meal, select the healthiest choice.

Do Some Calorie Counting

Keeping a food diary will help you stay committed to your goals. Just by doing this, you’re keeping track of what you eat and understand when to stop. There are plenty of apps you can download such as My Fitness Pal, to help you monitor your daily intake.

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Eat Before Going to a Social Gathering

There’s nothing worse than hanging out with friends feeling hungry. Before your go, eat a healthy snack to curb your appetite. If possible, share a plate with a friend so you don’t feel obligated to finish your entire meal. Also, select low-calorie dishes for a guilt-free dining such as green leafy salads, lean proteins, or vegetable dishes. That way, you’re eating a larger meal but with the least calorie intake.

Continue Your Exercise Routine

It’s no surprise that you can be pretty busy during the holidays. Between work, social events, and dinner parties, it might be difficult to squeeze some exercise in. If this is the case, you can sneak some holiday workouts to help you stay fit all season long. Never let the cold weather or a busy schedule get in the way of your fitness routine.

Bring Healthy Snacks With You

Always have a healthy snack readily available. Whether it is for work or on-the-go, having a something to munch on is the perfect way to combat unnecessary temptations. Have a stash of nuts, dried fruits, and dark chocolate to curb the hunger pangs. It might also be helpful to clean your pantry so you don’t have any junk food to tempt you.

The holidays is a time of giving and spending time with loved ones. It’s also a time to indulge on holiday meals, but to a moderation. The helpful tips above will not only help you stay fit but also ward away unwanted fats.