During the holidays it is very difficult to pass up the temptation of eating the holiday sweets that are being delivered to your office on a daily basis. As you enter the kitchen for a mid morning snack you constantly fight the battle with yourself to pick up the orange rather than the cookie that looks so good, but is not helping with shedding the pounds or maintaining your current weight. I know it is very challenging because the temptation of high calorie foods is everywhere during the holidays.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) offers some suggestions for cutting your calories.
- Enjoy your holiday comfort foods, but try a lower-calorie version
- Use lower-calorie ingredients when making your favorite holiday recipes or prepare your holiday meals differently. (Ex. If a recipe calls for whole milk or butter, try using less butter and non-fat milk)
- Fruits and Veggies: keep it simple!
- Most fruits and veggies are low-calorie and will fill you up, but the way you prepare them can change that. Try steaming your vegetables rather than frying them in butter and try using spices and low-fat sauces for flavor.
- Eat smaller food portions
- When eating out, ask your waiter/waitress for a to-go box and split your meal in half or split one meal between two people. People tend to eat more when served larger portion sizes.
- Drink water
- Opt for the water over the sugar-sweetened beverages. This tip can help with weight management. According to the CDC, substituting water for one 20 ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you around 200 calories, depending on the drink you choose.
- Eat breakfast every day
- According to the CDC, when you don’t eat breakfast, you are likely to make up for the calories you saved by eating more later on in the day.
Get Active, Healthy, and Happy
Remember that regular physical fitness is an important component to maintaining weight loss in addition to changing your eating habits.
- Regular physical activity helps with weight control, reduces the risk for many diseases, and strengthens muscles, bones and joints.
- Maintain your physical activity during the holidays-better yet, try to get more active!
- Find fun, creative ways your friends and family can spend time being active instead of eating.
By following the above suggestions provided by the Center for Disease Control, you will start to see an overall difference in your weight and in the long run you will start to feel better about your well-being.
Author: Allison Wright, Corporate Communications Director