It’s that time of year again. You know what I’m talking about. The time of year we all pull out our “fat pants” and shove the scales to the back of the bathroom closet. Surviving the holiday season without packing on the pounds is not an easy task. Previously I’ve shared with you 10 Tips for Weight Watchers Success and 20 Tips and Tricks for Weight Watchers Success. These tips can be used whether you are following the Weight Watchers plan or any other healthy eating plan.
But this time of year it’s so easy to “fall off the wagon” of weight loss and healthy living. Here are 10 Weight Watchers tips to help you survive the holiday season without having to pull out your “fat pants”.
Weight Watchers Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season
1. Examine your cooking methods.
How you prepare your foods makes a major impact on how healthy those holiday dishes are. Do you fry your foods? Switch to grilled, baked, or roasted. Do you use a lot of butter in your recipes? Switch to healthier oils instead of butter.
2. Eat on a regular basis.
If you know you are going to a holiday dinner later in the evening, don’t starve yourself throughout the day. You are more likely to overeat because you are so hungry. Instead, eat regular meals throughout the day, making healthy choices. By doing this you are less likely to over indulge.
3. Stock up on healthy snacks.
When I cook I find myself snacking as I cook. During the holidays I make sure that I have lots of healthy snack options on hand. Pre-sliced veggies (carrots, peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, etc.) are a great snack option to keep on hand.
4. Don’t become a member of the “clean your plate club”.
Despite what your mom told you as a child, you don’t always have to clean your plate. It’s okay to leave food on your plate. I was always told “you’re wasting it” if you don’t eat it. Well, if you eat it and your body doesn’t need it then you are wasting it as well.
5. Be careful with sweets.
I have a major sweet tooth and it’s so easy to load my plate up or keep snacking on sweet stuff like fudge and cookies and pies and all the other goodies! I try to limit myself to small portions of just a couple dessert items. Yes I may have some peanut butter pie, chess bars, and fudge, but they are small portions so I don’t feel guilty and sluggish later.
This time of year I find it more difficult to include exercise in my daily life. Not only is it cold and nasty outside but this is a busy time of year. I run an embroidery business from my home and this time of year I’m working long hours to get all those Christmas orders completed. It’s hard to get any exercise when I’m sitting at an embroidery machine all day. So how do I incorporate exercise? I find myself going to the store quite a bit this time of year so rather than driving around looking for that coveted parking spot close to the door I will park farther away. I take the stairs whenever possible. Also my dog helps ensure that I get daily exercise by walking him. Find ways to include exercise in your daily life.
7. Don’t drink your calories.
It’s so easy to drink away your calories or points, if you are following the Weight Watchers plan. A Starbucks drink, a cocktail at a dinner party, sugary, fruity party punch are all ways to easily blow your caloric or points allowance for the day. Make a conscious effort to choose healthier drinks.
8. Keep track of your points.
Don’t stop tracking your points just because of the holidays. Make a conscious effort to track everything that goes in your mouth to keep yourself from over eating.
9. Stay focused.
Stay focused on your end goal, even through the holiday season. Yes, that cheeseball looks tasty but is an extra helping of it worth it in the end? Make wise choices this holiday season.
10. Don’t forget to sleep.
Getting enough sleep is a very important but often overlooked part of successful weight loss. During the holiday season its very easy to stay up late trying to get your house ready for visiting family, preparing food, or wrapping gifts. Try setting an alarm an hour before your normal bedtime to help remind you to start winding down so you will be sure to get enough sleep.