It starts with the gorgefest of Thanksgiving and doesn't end until all of the Christmas cookies are eaten at work some time in January. Most people waddle off with a few extra pounds during this relatively short period.
It's not difficult. Between the fudge and cookies at work, the different holiday candy and fruitcakes (hey, my mom makes a good one!) and the "just one!" egg nog, the challenge is fitting into those cute Christmas clothes after the holidays.
So here are a few tips that should be easy to follow:
- Take the stairs when you can — every step you walk is calories burned.
- Drink water and other low- or no-calorie beverages with or between meals, so you can save your calories for the food.
- Keep at treat a "treat" — limit the snacks in which you indulge (and stick to it: only one cookie before lunch, etc.).
- Indulge at only one meal, rather than three (or four) meals a day.
- When attending a party, eat healthy at home beforehand, so you're less apt to go straight for the dessert table.
- When you plan to attend a party, eat lighter during the rest of the day to keep your total calorie intake at a reasonable level.
- Try to get your exercise in early in the day — it's out of the way before the partying begins and you have no real excuses.
- If you're throwing the party, give away the leftovers — your guests will love you because they came to eat your world-class fudge — er, enjoy your company