Tips to Control Your Holiday Feast

By Gary Stotler, Member Coach


 

Keep your progress going!

With the holidays coming up, it’s easy to lose focus on our fitness and health goals. The parties, the platters and the endless amounts of food this time of year, can cause us to drift off course leaving us to double down on the New Year resolutions.

  1. Variety increases consumption. The more food you have in front of you, the more you take and the more you eat. It sounds simple, but it is a little deeper and more complicated. Research shows that we tend to eat “equal” portions of what is in front of us. If we have three items on our plate, we tend to try and balance the portions of each item. Problem is, if we have 10 items in front of us, we do the same! This naturally leads to overeating simply because it increases the total portion size.
  2. Clean up leftovers right away. Out of sight, out of mind. Remove the trigger to keep eating just because it’s there. The more effort it takes to get more food, the less you will naturally eat throughout the day.
  3. Take a walk. After all the food is cleaned up, consider taking a walk around the block for some fresh air and a little exercise. With the chemicals and types of food we over-consume during the holidays, it takes a toll on our mind and body. It’s easy to just sit on the couch and watch football for the rest of the day. Get outside and move! This will help get your blood flowing and your digestive system working. More importantly, it will keep you out of the kitchen!

Enjoy the holidays. Enjoy your family and friends. Enjoy the food. Just remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as the holidays pass and the New Year begins.