Worried about your waistline this holiday season? Here are ten ways to stick to that diet even with the temptation of the all the seasonal goodies.
Don’t skip meals this holiday season: Some people skip meals thinking they will be able to eat more turkey and stuffing at Thanksgiving and tons of sugary Christmas treats. This will guarantee your failure as it leads to increased hunger, binge eating, and depriving your body of necessary calories to convert to energy.
There’s no such thing as eating healthy now to balance out bad meals later: Many people think living on salads and fruit now gives them permission to indulge in whatever they want later on. If you’re trying to lose weight and eat right, salads and fruit are a good choice, but stuffing yourself full of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie later on will still bring plenty of negative consequences with it.
Have a plan: Bad food choices are going to be in abundance this time of year. Have a plan in place so you don’t succumb to these negative choices. Choose healthier options, drink plenty of water which is good for you and will fill you up, and stop eating when your body feels satisfied.
Don’t compare yourself to others: Just because Aunt Mildred shows up to Thanksgiving dinner and she’s 100 pounds heavier than you, doesn’t give you permission to go on an eating spree. Instead, imitate the eating habits of people more fit than you or people whose body you aspire to look like. This will keep you on course.
You are responsible: If you gain five pounds at Thanksgiving, it’s your fault. Stop blaming the holiday, sugar cookies, eggnog, the turkey, or the pumpkin pie. It’s very possible to control what you eat this time of year but it’s ultimately your responsibility.
Learn to say no: When Aunt Mildred insists that you try her world famous pecan pie, politely decline. Explain to her that you are on a diet and very serious about getting healthy. She will understand.
Exercise doesn’t give you the right to eat poorly: Many people think they can go for a long bike ride or hit the gym a few times during the holidays so they can indulge in the holiday feast. Working out and exercise is great, but it’s never a pass to load up on bad food.
Let your clothes be a reminder: Don’t wear something that fits loosely and hides any excess fat. Wear something that just fits your body and may not be the most flattering. Let this be a reminder when you grab for that dessert or second serving of gravy and mashed potatoes. This is also a great way to reinforce the idea in your subconscious mind that it’s time to get healthy.
Traveling for the holidays is no excuse: A lot of people tend to indulge in fast food or a bag of chips because it is the only option at the airport. When traveling, pack a healthy meal before you board your flight or hit the road this holiday season.
Dig deep: Whether the temptation is Christmas candies, Thanksgiving pies, or other holiday season food, dig deep and ask yourself how bad you want to see results. If you really commit to the process, you can lose weight and get healthy – even at the holidays. Being partially committed never works.
These tips for staying on a diet during the holidays come from Colin Christopher, a clinical hypnotherapist certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, and author of Success Through Manipulation.
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