How to Get Through the Holidays without Gaining it All Back!

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Question: I am confused about if i should maintain my diet through the holidays. I seem to start and stop over and over. Which is best, to diet through New Year’s day or just let it go since I can’t maintain it anyway?
Answer: The reality of weight gain during the holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is not easy to avoid. We eat and drink way too much. When you consider that liquor sales have risen more this year than in the last 15 years , then we as a population need to take a break from all the excess and instill some self discipline. Maintain your dieting. Make good choices when you do go to celebrate with friends. Eat less casserole dishes and more vegetables. Choose lean meats and eat your fill with those and the vegetables. Feeling full will help you avoid the sweets and desserts.
Eating a light meal or snack prior to your party event will help you as well if you are determined to make better choices. Don’t be overly worried if you do stray off a bit. It won’t do as much damage as you think it would but that is only if you are making the choice to cheat occasionally. You still can’t do it more than once a week.
From a social perspective don’t make it a big deal that you are on a diet. People love to talk diet and exercise although relatively few actually engage in those activities. If some people at your party know you actually are trying to eat clean then they will sabotage your efforts by being social. Be low key stick to your plan and if you do slip get back on board the next day.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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