If you have ever been on a holiday diet in the past, you are more than likely familiar with how difficult it can be to stick to. Sometimes it can feel impossible to keep weight off during the holidays. However, by creating a reasonable diet to begin with, planning out your week, keeping your cupboards stocked and keeping a journal, you will be likely to have much more success than you did in the past.
1. Create a Reasonable Diet to Begin With
One of the most important ways to ensure that you will achieve success with your holiday diet is to create a reasonable diet to begin with. People often make the mistake of setting one very large goal, such as, “I want to lose 50 pounds by the end of the year.” Research has found that a better way to achieve weight loss goals is to set smaller, more attainable goals, and then reward yourself when you achieve them. For example, you may say, “I want to prevent weight gain during the holidays.” This is a great goal. Once the holidays have passed, weigh yourself. If you have, in fact, prevented weight gain, treat yourself to some small gift. Then set out on another goal, such as losing five pounds by the end of one month.
2. Plan out Your Weeks
No matter what your weight loss goals are, in order to achieve success, you must create a plan for your weeks and stick to it. Start at the beginning of each week by roughly sketching out all activities over the course of the week. This should include holiday dinners, cocktail parties and other get-togethers. Try to determine which nights will be your “binge” nights, when you absolutely won’t be able to get away with eating healthy. On the other nights, plan on staying in and eating foods that are low in calories and fat, and nutrient dense. Post the schedule on your refrigerator door as motivation.
3. Keep Your Cupboards Stocked
Another important way to stick to your holiday diet is to keep your cupboards and refrigerator stocked with healthy foods and treats that adhere to your diet, and are low in fat and calories. If you’re really looking for a snack, and all you have is potato chips, you’ll lose a lot of the progress that you previously made in a hurry. Instead, if you have a wide selection of fruits, vegetables and other low fat foods, your choices will be much better in the long run.
4. Keep a Journal
Be sure to keep a journal that states not only your current weight, but also specifically what you ate over the course of a certain day, and how these foods were reflected in your weight. Chances are, after a while you will begin to notice a significant trend in the foods that you choose and your weight.