Finding a Holiday Diet You Can Maintain after the Holidays

A holiday diet is hard enough to put into place, but you need to put a diet together you can maintain after the holidays are over. With a few tips and tricks that you start during your holiday madness, you can slip from the holidays right into the rest of your year without a pound gained.

Portion Control

Portion control is the key to any diet. You need to eat a healthy portion to fuel your body correctly. Too small of portions and you aren’t fueling your body enough, which leads to sugar and salt cravings. Large portions over-stuff your stomach, leaving you feeling heavy. The more you stretch your stomach beyond capacity, the more food it will take to fill you. This means more calories and adding those dreaded holidays pounds that are difficult to get off after the holidays.

Smart Choices

Regardless of the holiday foods, busy schedules and mountains of baked goods, you need to make smart choices. Don’t throw it all away and make excuses for bad eating. Make sure fruit is set out as a dessert and always keep a piece of fruit in your bag. If you don’t want to carry a piece of fruit or eat fruit at a party, pack some dried fruit or other simple snack to help keep sugar cravings at bay. These are also ways you can maintain your diet after the holidays. If you always carry a healthy snack, you’ll have something when your afternoon slump hits or cravings kick in. Other easy to carry snacks include almonds, turkey jerky or mini carrots.

Always Eat Dessert

It may sound crazy, but if you allow yourself a tiny sliver of cheesecake or just a few bits of the decadent chocolate fudge sitting on the table, you’ll be less likely to go overboard when a full on sugar craving hits. They key is moderation. For life away from all the holiday treats, carry gum to pop in your mouth when a sugar craving hits, and within a few minutes, the craving will subside.

Forgo the Cocktails

Cocktails are loaded with sugar and calories. Even a light cocktail can pack in 150 calorie per cocktail. Instead, opt for soda water, or if you really want a drink, go for a single glass of red wine. A glass of red wine has approximately 100 calories and is packed full of antioxidants. Keep in mind that social drinking is a habit that can be the hardest to kick. If you have one drink in your hand, the end of the night will find you with your third drink. In one short dinner party, you can add 450 calories without even calculating up what you ate.

You can put together a holiday diet that is easy to keep going after the holidays. Diets are nothing more than a one day at a time approach to healthy eating. Once you’ve made healthy choices day after day for a couple of weeks, your cravings will subside and you’re healthy choices will become habit.

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  • Julie Murdock

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