The holiday season is back with temptations and stress — the perfect combination to add extra pounds. Here with tips on making it through the holiday season without adding weight or feeling like Scrooge is Sally Squires, who writes the Lean Plate Club blog.
WASHINGTON — Ho-ho, oh no. While it’s no lump of coal, this fact is still a bummer: The average person puts on an extra pound during the holiday period. And the problem for many people is that they don’t lose that pound in the New Year.
“We’re just in the throes of seeing all these wonderful foods and the parties and all this stuff that’s happening. Plus you’re going to see a lot of family and friends,” Squires told WTOP. “It’s a terrible time to diet.”
But she said there is something called “The Holiday Challenge” — which centers around the decision to not gain weight between now and New Year’s.
“Just that mindset, just a simple little twist, to say, ‘OK, I’m not dieting but I’m not going to gain any weight.’ So you get on the scale today, and you say, ‘Between now and New Year’s Day, I’m not going to gain any weight,'” Squires said.
And it helps, according to Lean Plate Club™ members.
It isn’t a matter of depriving oneself, it’s just keeping yourself in check during celebrations.
Even so, what’s the secret to getting into that mindset?
Planning is very important.
“Consider the parties that you’re going to go to,” Squires advised. “When you go to those parties, you want to be festive, right? You want to sample the foods that you’re not going to get the rest of the year.”
“So, it’s really thinking about: ‘OK, do I want to have Christmas cookies because I’m not going to eat those in July? Do I want to have the eggnog … because I’m not going to have that in the spring?'” she continued.