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It’s the same vicious cycle. Pumpkin spice starts to pepper the coffee as poinsettias emerge strewn across every storefront in sight. Halloween costumes are on sale, and the Fall season premieres of your favorite shows are underway. It strikes you out of nowhere that half the year just swept by, and it’s only a matter of time before jingle bells backdrop every song on the radio. You can practically taste the succulent roasted turkey at every single dinner and party you’ll inevitably attend. It’s enough to paint a satisfied grin on your face already, but then, there’s also that sting of guilt about how fat you’ll probably get by the time everyone’s drunkenly murmuring “Auld Lang Syne.” It’s understandable to stress about packing on the pounds over the holidays. Even so, it’s not an impossible goal to stay true to a healthy diet. Just follow these easy tips and you’ll be sure to keep your weight gain in check by slashing all those excess holiday calories:

1 Hydrate:

One of the biggest reasons people overeat is a confusing thirst for hunger. The simple routine of drinking plenty of water before every meal effectively prevents the body from trying to quench thirst with solid food. The more water you drink, the smaller portions of food you’re likely to eat. Beyond drinking water, make sure your plate has servings of juicy fibrous vegetables. A hydrated body is a healthy body.

2 Listen to your Body:

The majority of people today eat food for entertainment rather than sustenance. This is to say that meals are consumed more for the sake of enjoying flavors as opposed to actual nourishment. If you expect to prevent overindulgence on food, you must learn to abandon this mindset and recognize when you’re physically satisfied with a meal. If you feel full, stop and put away the food no matter how much is left on your plate.

3 Ruin your Appetite:

If you know you have plenty of parties and events to attend, don’t visit them on an empty stomach. Being gluttonous while you dine out only translates into higher consumption of rich food. Snacking on some fruit before you eat out will make you get full faster. In turn, if you get full quickly while eating out, it gets easier to rein things in and turn down that 3rd… or 12th helping. Anything you can do to practice conscientious portion-control makes a difference.

4 Skip the Appetizers:

Just because holiday dinners come with all the trimmings doesn’t mean that you have to gobble up every last one. Focus instead on what entrees you actually enjoy, then savor them as the core component of your meals without filling up on any extras like bread. Opting out of starters and hors-d’oeuvres simultaneously reduces how much food you eat, and leaves more room to enjoy the main course.


5 Easy on the Alcohol:

If you absolutely cannot do anything to cut down on the food you eat, at the very least go easy on the alcohol. Painful as it may be, choosing not to drink is, in fact, a good way to reduce caloric intake. This is because the average alcoholic beverage contains around 10-20 more calories than soft drinks do. Nobody’s saying you have to give up your beer altogether, but taking a break for the holidays will definitely make those meals a little lighter.

Always remember that even though making the right choices can be difficult sometimes, it’s always worth it to strive for them even with the smallest gestures. It doesn’t matter if your effort slows down, however, it does matter if you stop trying altogether. Don’t let the complacency of the past hold you back from changing your future. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.