The holidays are all about spending time with family and loved ones. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves. But what most of us really look forward to the most is stuffing our faces with delicious, awful-for-you food all holiday season long. But what if you don’t have the world’s fastest metabolism? All that holiday noshing could lead to some serious packed-on pounds by the time New Year’s Day rolls around. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to avoid becoming huge this Fatsgiving and Binge-mas.
Grab a Snack Before That Fatsgiving Party
Rule number one: never, ever show up to a Fatsgiving party hungry! If you’re like most people, all your willpower will go out the window and you’ll eat everything in sight. Instead, eat a small, filling meal right before the party to cut back on cravings and prevent overeating. A small bowl of chili, a banana, or even a light sandwich can make for the perfect pre-party meal to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
Don’t Drink Your Calories
Let’s be honest here: it’s fun to party and let loose during the holidays. However, you’ll want to be careful not to overdo it. Calories from alcohol and sugary beverages are empty calories, meaning they do absolutely nothing for you nutritionally. If you’re going to drink, stick with low-calorie drink options (such as diet sodas) as mixers, and avoid high-calorie alcoholic beverages (such as hard ciders). Light beers and wine spritzers are a great way to cut back on calories while still being able to indulge in a little booze this Fatsgiving and Bingemas.
Bring Your Own Healthy Dish
If you’re participating in a Fatsgiving potluck this holiday season, consider bringing your own healthy, low-calorie dish. There are plenty of “healthy” versions of your favorite potluck recipes that don’t have to be dull and bland like a veggie tray. From homemade chips and guacamole to buffalo wings and everything in between, there’s sure to be a low-calorie, low-fat version of your favorite potluck dish. And chances are, nobody will even be able to tell the difference!
Practice the “Three-Bite Rule” With Desserts
Don’t feel like you need to completely deprive yourself of all the amazing food that’s sure to be shoved in your face this Christmas and Thanksgiving (or as we like to call it, Fatsgiving). Instead, allow yourself to indulge here and there; just keep the “three-bite rule” in mind when you pick up something that’s particularly high in calories or fat. By taking just three small bites, you get to enjoy that satisfying first bite, a middle bite, and a final bite without eating the entire thing. Hand off the remainder to your cousin or offer it up to somebody else; surely, you’ll be able to find someone else to finish it for you.
Making it through the holiday season without gaining 50 pounds isn’t always easy. It takes a little bit of foresight and willpower. By keeping these tips in mind, though, you just might be able to get through this Fatsgiving and Binge-mas without having to buy all new clothes come New Year’s Day.
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