How to Stay Faithful to Your Diet This Holiday Season
Sticking to a diet and exercise plan is hard, and the holidays make it that much harder. However, you can stay on the straight and narrow over the next few weeks and set yourself up for success by doing the following:
- Keep a written log of everything you eat. Knowing you’ll have to write it down forces you to consider every food choice you make and can help keep you accountable. It can also help you track patterns and gain insight into your particular temptations.
- Find a buddy. In addition to bringing in an experienced weight loss doctor, it can make a huge difference to have a family member or friend hold you accountable and even attend holiday events with you. (That way you won’t be the only one turning down sweet treats and drinks.)
- Preempt or avoid tempting scenarios. If you’re going to stick to your diet and exercise plan, it is absolutely essential that you identify and prepare for challenging situations or decide to avoid them entirely. Sometimes holiday gatherings (such as company parties and family get-togethers) are unavoidable, in which case it may be valuable to take snacks of your own, buddy up with a co-worker or family member who will hold you accountable, and/or prepare answers when people ask you why you aren’t eating or drinking something.
- Eat before you arrive. When entering a particularly tempting situation, it is generally best to eat and fill up on healthy food beforehand. This allows you to skip over the process of deliberation and completely avoid opportunities to compromise or overeat.
- Focus on socializing. Idle time and sedentary activities are a recipe for failure when it comes to healthy eating. However, if you decide in advance to focus on getting to know the other people at the event, your focus will be drawn away from the unhealthy food and drinks in the room.
- Get okay with saying “no.” If you attend a holiday party in someone’s home, you will most likely find yourself in at least one scenario in which someone is pushing you to have seconds or eat more of something. Practice being polite but firm.
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