Dads, does the word “holidays” conjure up images of cookies and pies, gorging yourself on turkey and all the trimmings, and packing on the pounds?
It doesn’t have to!
The average American dads gains 6 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
Healthy eating can be a realistic goal during the holiday season; however, this goal requires careful planning.
Here are 5 easy tips for healthy, guilt-free holidays:
- Be realistic. Plan on getting 2-3 workouts in a week instead of 3-5 to help maintain your fitness level. Aim for high calorie burning workouts such as HIIT or Tabata
- Do not arrive at holiday parties hungry! Nine out of 10 individuals will overeat if they skip meals. Skipping meals to “save calories” for party eating will set you up for failure. Eat a light meal before a party and you will arrive in control of your appetite and actually eat less.
- Limit your alcohol intake to one to two drinks. Calories from alcohol add up quickly, particularly if you are consuming mixed drinks. If possible, try a 2-1 ratio. 2 glasses of water between each alcoholic drink.
- Fill up on vegetables and fruits. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phytochemicals, while low in calories. The fiber in these foods may help you feel full and leave less room for high-calorie, tempting treats.
- Offer to bring a dish to holiday gatherings. If you can, bring a healthy dish with you. That way at least there is one healthy dish for you to snack on.
Follow these 5 tips to get through the holiday season without gaining that typical 6 pounds.
Remember: It takes twice as long to lose as it takes to gain it when it comes to pounds around the waistline.