5 Tips for Guilt Free Holiday Partying

The holidays are here and they are bringing lots of parties with them! If you have a get-together or two on your calendar, putting a few of these pointers to use could mean you finish out the season without gaining a pound! Here are some practical tips to avoid overeating at holiday parties: 

Create a Game Plan

Plan what you are going to eat and drink the night before the party. While the spread may vary somewhat, you will always have some general idea of what will be on offer and be able plan accordingly. Doing so will help you allocate your calories how you want to rather than “winging it” at the get-together. For example, if you know you want to have a cocktail then you know you’ll need to say no to dessert, or vice versa.

Take a Pew

Whenever possible, sit down to eat. The old joke that calories consumed when standing do not count is, sadly, not true; but they may not “count” in the sense that your brain isn’t registering what — and how much — you are eating when you are standing. Taking a seat and paying more attention to what’s passing through your lips will help you notice the sense fullness when it arrives, too.

Keep Temptation Out of Sight

We naturally tend to eat more when food is in sight. Even smelling savory fare could break down your willpower. Try to find an area of the room that ensures the buffet is out of your line of sight and then occupy your mind (and mouth!) by talking to as many people as possible. Distraction can be your best weight-loss ally.

Don’t Skimp on Snoozing

Get plenty of sleep in the nights leading up to the big get-together. The amount of sleep you get can have a direct influence on how much you eat, whether. Considering how busy as the holiday season can be, getting your eight hours can often be a challenge, but it’s worth shuffling your schedule to ensure you to get plenty of shut-eye: Research has shown sleep deprived people are more likely to overeat during the day than those who get adequate rest.

Start Over This Second

Don’t keep telling yourself that tomorrow is another day each time you slip-up. That is the holiday-season equivalent of saying “I’ll start my diet next Monday.” When you realize you’re overeating or drinking too much at a celebration, put a stop to it right away. Rather than looking at tomorrow — or January 1st — as the “start over” day, look at the next moment as the “start over” moment