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How to Survive the Holidays While on a Diet
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  • on Nov 27, 2017 |

How to Survive the Holidays While on a Diet

Holidays can be a struggle for everyone, especially people who are on a diet or are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Every event may seem like an excuse to treat yourself, but the consequences will certainly not be sweet.

Some tips that can help you stay on track and stick to the healthy options are:


Rest the night before a holiday event by getting at least 7 hours of sleep. A recent study has found that adults who get a short night’s sleep are more likely to eat an extra 300 calories and tended to choose higher-fat, higher-calorie foods. When women lack sleep they may feel less full after eating, while men tend to have an increased appetite. By getting enough sleep you will save calories and make healthier choices.

Choose Wisely

Choose your first food picks wisely. Research suggests that you will consume the largest quantity of the foods that you eat first, so set yourself up for success and start with something low-calorie. Try grabbing some veggies and hummus over chips and dip to save 120 calories per serving.

Drink Wisely

Count to 3 when pouring yourself a glass of wine to get an estimated 5-ounce serving. Don’t rely on just poring it halfway, since many wine glasses are half full with 10 ounces of wine. This can quickly turn that 125-calorie glass into a 250-calorie one.

Downsize Your Plate

Downsize your plate to trick your brain into thinking that you are actually eating more. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average number of calories consumed at a holiday dinner is a shocking 3000, and that doesn’t count any pre-dinner snacking. Use an appetizer or salad plate instead of a dinner plate and eat 40% less, cutting 1200 calories.

Think small

Take smaller sips and bites to trick your brain into eating 30% fewer calories. Studies have found that when you take small bites, chew your food longer and eat slower, your brain thinks that you have eaten more and you will eat less­–saving around 143 calories per serving.

The holiday season is a time to look forward to gathering with family and friends and enjoy yourself, not to dread the food or worry about the weight gain. Take everything in moderation and don’t overdo it. These tips are a great way to help you enjoy the holidays and keep yourself on track, because the holidays are not a time for deprivation.