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Keeping Weight Loss Goals Over the Holidays

Nov 01, 2017

Keeping Weight Loss Goals Over the Holidays


Over the course of the holiday season, it is quite common for Americans to gain 1 to 2 pounds. 

The food-centric holidays make it challenging for those trying to lose weight to stay on course. 


Here are some tips to help you stay on track with your weight loss goals during the holidays.


• Eat a piece of fruit or a few vegetables before arriving to the party.

• Busy yourself with talking to guests instead of checking out the food selection.

• View all of the available food then make a food plan and stick to it.

• Eat slowly and take small bites. It takes roughly twenty minutes for our bodies to realize we are full, so be cognizant of overeating.

• It’s okay to have a “splurge” food item, just keep it to one item at one time, not a variety of items.

• Plan a walk after the meal. Invite family and friends at the gathering to join you.

• Make a plan to workout Thanksgiving morning. A thirty-minute walk or jog will help keep you focused on weight loss goals throughout the day.

• Make a plan to exercise the day after Thanksgiving. Invite friends and family members to help keep you accountable.

• Help the host clean up instead of snacking on more food.


Staying Mindful Over the Holidays

Mindful eating is being aware of how the food you eat affects your body and mind. This practice can help you keep your weight loss goals. It can also help you enjoy your meals instead of mindlessly consuming food. Practice these mindful eating tips during this holiday season and all year through.

• Enjoy the sights, smells. and noises while with family and friends instead of focusing on the food to eat

• When eating, focus on the taste, texture, colors and smells of the food

• Pay attention to cues from your body about whether you’re full

• Ask yourself if you’re physically hungry or emotionally hungry 

• Drink plenty of water at the party to make sure you are not mistaking dehydration for hunger 


Enjoy the holidays and remember: moderation is key. Happy Thanksgiving!

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