Top Tips for Avoiding Weight Gain Over the Holidays

Holiday events and social gatherings usually revolve around food and it can be hard to stick with a healthy diet. Many people gain a few pounds over holiday season and make a New Year’s resolution to work off the weight or undergo a fat removal procedure. Even though dieting and plastic surgery are some options for losing the excess weight, you can ward off weight gain altogether by preparing for the season ahead.

Use these tips to avoid gaining excess weight this holiday season:

1. Plan your meals ahead of time. Getting through the holidays while on a diet can be challenging because you might have more days off, spend time traveling and be busy with a full schedule of activities. Plan your meals a day in advance so that you can keep cravings and hunger at bay and reduce the need to overeat at meal time.

2. Eat before you go out. Even if you are attending a holiday dinner or a special event where food will be served, eat a light meal before you go so that you’re not starving when you arrive. Eating a light meal or snack will ward off hunger pangs and may prevent you from overeating at the dinner table. If you are planning on being at an event for several hours, consider packing a few healthy snacks so that you’re not tempted to overeat on unhealthy foods.

3. Eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day. Eating smaller meals instead of three large meals can keep your blood sugar levels stable and prevent hunger pangs. Eating smaller meals throughout the day can also help you maintain your weight through the season. 

4. Don’t let stress get to you!  The holidays can be the perfect time to get together with family and friends, but can also be the most stressful times of year. Don’t let stress trigger an overeating episode. Even though it’s easy to reach for “comfort food” when you’re feeling stressed out or when you’re under pressure, skip the  urge altogether and try a completely different activity to feel better. Talk to a friend, take a walk around the block, or hit the gym to give your mood a boost and keep your mind off eating.

5. Avoid eating late into the night. When you’re heading to parties and events over holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in other people’s schedules and end up eating late into the night. Be mindful about the time of day you’re eating meals and snacks so that you’re not loading up on heavy foods and desserts right before bed. Eating late at night can increase the chances of weight gain and will sabotage your diet.

If you do end up gaining weight this season, a weight loss program or cosmetic surgery present some options for getting rid of unwanted fat and reducing weight. Set up a consultation with a weight loss doctor or a plastic surgeon if you want to lose fat before or after the holidays this year!