This post about practical tips for staying true to your weight loss goals during the holidays is sponsored by Medifast Go, however all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate links.
We all know that the holidays make it very difficult to stay true to our weight loss goals. The time around and between Thanksgiving and Christmas makes it nearly impossible to stay on track. Starting with Thanksgiving and going all the way until Christmas, odds are you are going to be invited to multiple holiday parties complete with all types and varieties of foods that you know you really shouldn’t eat when you’re trying to diet.
This year, since I’m trying to lose weight with Medifast, I wondered — Since this is a fact of life, does it really need to be a bad thing? How can we spin it into a positive thing?
I came to the conclusion that I (and you too!) should be okay with cheating on my dietary restrictions occasionally. Instead of putting myself through the frustration of trying to have an iron will in regards to denying all of the holiday foods or getting angry at myself for indulging, I choose to enjoy it guilt-free…but I planned accordingly!
Here are my tips for staying true to your weight loss goals during the holidays season.
Indulge but don’t go on a bender.
Indulging is okay but keep it within reason! Don’t completely annihilate yourself in a single sitting. Pace yourself throughout the party so you don’t sit down with one huge plate and eat way more than you ever intended. Instead, enjoy the main course item (if they have one) and snack lightly throughout the party. If you space your eating out, you won’t be tempted to eat as much since you will feel more full. To make it even easier on yourself, don’t go to the party hungry. Fill yourself up on healthy items before the party and you’ll be less likely to overdo it by indulging at the party.
Medifast has some really delicious alternatives in convenient sizes you can take with you to your holiday meals and parties to help keep your calorie intake in check. For example, you can substitute a Medifast shake or bar over eating the incredibly high-calorie desserts that any holiday meal will likely have! However, don’t feel bad if you want a slice of pie. Just make it a reasonably-sized piece and be mindful of what you’ve eaten before that.
One of the things are family enjoys doing every year when we set up the Christmas tree is drinking hot cocoa together. This year, I made sure I had plenty of Medifast Hot Cocoa on hand so I could still enjoy the yearly traditional without neglecting my diet.
Walk more during the holidays.
Taking extra steps can really help off-set the extra holiday caloric intake. Through the months of November, December, and the beginning of January, make it a goal to take extra steps every day. I’m not talking about running, bicycling, or any other “exercise”. I literally just mean mindfully walking more throughout your regular day. If you’re going shopping, park further away from the entrance. Take stairs instead of elevators or escalators. Extra steps each day can help tremendously in offsetting holiday foods.
Use an accountability partner.
Having someone who you “answer” to will certainly help you stay on track. Our human nature is to kind of slack off, but when someone is watching you, you tend to want to stick to the program. Again, human nature. Having an accountability partner sounds kind of odd, but it can be very helpful in this case. Your spouse, your children, other family-members, or a close friend are usually more than happy to help keep you on the path.
Find some motivation.
Seeing the pounds come off on the scale is a great motivated, but sometimes, especially during the holiday season, that might not be enough. It’s okay to give yourself a little motivation. For example, I’ve been eyeing this new watch that I really like. I told myself that if I can lose another 10 pounds this month, that I can splurge on the watch!
Keeping on track with a weight loss goal is difficult during the holiday season, but not impossible!
These are just a few tips to help keep the holidays jolly while still staying on the weight loss wagon. Are there any ideas or tips I missed? If so, feel free to leave a comment below!
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Disclosure: Please consult your healthcare provider before embarking on a weight loss program. Average weight loss for Medifast Direct® customers using Medifast Go™ is 11 pounds. Medifast Direct customers are in weight loss, on average, for 8 weeks.”