It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not my birthday but thanks for thinking of me. It’s the holidays! Yes, they’re here. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away then Christmas, then New Years, and, I already know what you’re thinking. “Get ready to pack on the pounds and go jean shopping.”
New Year, New You
But what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if this year was different? What if this year, instead of gaining weight, you actually lost weight! Well it can happen and I’m going to give you three simple steps to avoid over-eating during the holidays that will help you stay on track with your weight loss goals.
Tip #1 – Eat Before You Leave
One of the easiest ways you can avoid over-eating at holiday parties is to eat something healthy before you leave your house. By eating something healthy at home you will be less likely to starving when you arrive at the party and less likely to devour everything in sight.
Tip #2 – Drink Water
One of Tony’s famous quotes in P90X is “drink your water people!” and it applies here too. Before you sit down to eat for Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner or any of the other parties you most likely will be attending, have a glass of water. This will fill your stomach and force you to eat less simply by providing less space for food to go!
Tip #3 – Bring A Side
When going to a get-together during the holidays, offer to bring a side dish(and even if they say “no thanks” bring one anyways). By bringing a healthy side dish to a party that you are attending YOU have the control. Making a healthy side ensures that there will be at least one healthy item at the party (and if that’s all you eat that night, that’s okay).
One of the best ways you can make sure that you are having something healthy during the holidays and not over-eating at any parties is to have a Shakeology before you go. This is one thing that my wife and I often do. We’ll blend up our Shakeology and take it to go. By doing this we’re actually having an entire meal (and an extremely healthy one) before we are surrounded by some less than healthy choices.