Are you someone who anticipates gaining weight around the holidays? If you are, you are not alone! I think many people anticipate unhealthy eating and weight gain around the holidays which, when you stop to think about it, is not a good strategy. Our thoughts create the results we get in our lives. If we go into the holiday thinking we will gain weight, guess what will happen? You got it…we WILL gain weight.
I am going to suggest a different approach for you to take this holiday season that won’t result in weight gain, yet won’t leave you feeling deprived either. The reason why most of us tell ourselves that we will gain weight during the holiday season is because we anticipate having food we would normally not eat available to us. We anticipate lots of delicious, yet not so healthy, side dishes. We anticipate appetizers and desserts we would not normally eat, we anticipate eating larger portions than we would normally eat, and maybe drinking more alcohol than we would normally drink.
All of those things are a reality for many of us. Our get togethers are about coming together around a meal and many people want to contribute, making for lots of food on the table. If this is your reality, the key is to change the thoughts you have about it. Instead of thinking something like, “I always gain weight during the holidays” or, “I know I will gain weight during the holidays” or, “I am going to have to figure out how to lose the weight I will gain around the holidays”, consider thinking, “I am going to enjoy foods I don’t normally eat, while still taking care of my body” or, “I will decide ahead of time what I will eat so that I get to enjoy everything while maintaining my weight”.
The key is to come up with a thought that works for you. You have to believe it. What you think will create the feelings you have about eating during the holidays. How you feel will impact what actions you take, and what actions you take will lead to the results you get. If you believe you can enjoy the holidays, eat well, but still take care of yourself and not gain weight…guess what will happen?
Below are some strategies for you to consider if you are wanting to avoid gaining weight during the holidays.
Eat slowly. Enjoy your company and the conversation. Be present and appreciate who you are getting to spend time while enjoying your food. When you eat slowly, you are more likely to enjoy the food and also to not overeat.
Hydrate. Be sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout each day. Holidays are no exception. Water helps you feel full, helps keep things moving as they should inside of you, and helps you from becoming dehydrated which can make you feel sluggish, but it can also trick you into thinking you are hungry when you are not.
If you can learn how to make a plan for your eating and stick with it, you will be well on your way to eliminating weight struggles forever. If you can do this during the holiday season, imagine what you can do during regular times! You’ve got this.
You've got this!
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