Have a Calorie Smart Christmas

The holidays are filled with Christmas parties and gatherings often so much so that January finds you with a few extra pounds on you. Holiday parties equal food and lots of it. To avoid the holiday weight gain you need a plan and you need to be strategic. Whether you are having a party or going to a party here are things you can do to help you avoid weight related depression once the New Year hits.

If you are the one throwing a party don’t fret, just set the tone. Ask each guest to bring a healthy dish instead of the same old calorie laden foods. Search the web for healthy recipes or the classics with low fat or low calorie substitutes. Try emailing these recipes to the people that will be attending and ask them to make these foods instead of leaving it in their hands. Not only will it make it easier for them to know what to bring, but it will ensure that you all feel a little less guilty than you normally would after a food infested party.  If you are attending a party, a good rule to follow is never go to a party hungry. Before you go make sure to eat something healthy such as home made pasta or something else that will keep you full for hours. If you are looking forward to eating a bit of food at the party that is fine but just make sure you don’t go there starving or you will overeat. Also watch your portions. Try grabbing a small plate and filling it instead of a larger plate and it will seem as if you are eating more than you actually are. Lastly, with all the stress during this time the chances are that you will be having a drink or too. What goes hand in hand with Christmas more than drinks and food? It’s almost inevitable that you will enjoy a bit of Christmas cheer, just do so responsibly. Too much alcohol can be hard on your internal organs as well as your head the next day. Limit your alcohol consumption to a few glasses of wine and no more.

With all of the stress and craziness that comes along with Christmas, give yourself a break. You can have a good time without feeling guilty after. Watch your calories and be smart but also let yourself indulge at times-it only comes once a year.

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This is one thing I have

This is one thing I have never been able to avoid 'Christmas Calories' but I try not reach the extreme. Once the festive season approaches we all have this long list of parties along with charity works and avoiding calories is next to impossible but I've learned some tricks as well, try these tips- Rule 1 the "golden rule' eat something before you leave for a party that way you won't gobble down. Do not pile up your plate, go easy and eat slowly. And lastly watch the wine, eat while you drink. Eating and drinking in moderation is the key factor but you can forgive yourself on some occasions but for those situations have a reliable, responsible partner besides you and do not postpone workouts!