Eating Well During the Holidays

After the holidays are over, many people find that they’ve gained a few pounds. Fortunately, holiday weight gain is not inevitable. Weight maintenance specialists in San Diego can help you plan healthy and delicious holiday meals, navigate the buffet table, and still enjoy all of your favorite traditions. And if you do find that you’ve experienced some weight gain, you can simply transition back to a rapid weight loss diet to get back on track. Holiday - Foods

Keep Track of Your Intake

One of the most common culprits for holiday weight gain is mindless eating. While you’re baking holiday cookies for the office party, you might find yourself sampling a few. While you’re visiting loved ones, they’ll probably offer you some refreshments. Eggnog, hot chocolate, and other popular holiday beverages can add hundreds of calories to your daily total. An effective way to rein in your calories is to keep a logbook of what you eat and drink. Write down the type of food and approximate amount. You could bring your logbook to a consult with a weight maintenance specialist to receive assistance making any needed modifications. However, many people find that the simple act of writing down their daily food consumption encourages them to make healthier choices.

Bring a Dish to Share

If you plan to host your own holiday celebration, you can make sure that there will be plenty of nutritious, low-calorie options. Maintaining your weight can get a little trickier when you’re an invited guest, however. It’s customary to bring a dish or dessert to share. Prepare a dish that fits into your weight maintenance plan to ensure that you have at least one healthy option.

Modify Traditional Favorites

Severely restrictive dieting generally isn’t recommended because it isn’t sustainable. As long as you primarily consume fresh, healthy meals , you can indulge in a sweet treat now and then, particularly if you modify the recipe. Experiment with healthier alternatives to traditional ingredients, such as using unsweetened applesauce for eggs in baked goods; stevia instead of sugar; and oat flour instead of refined white flour. You may need to make the recipe a few times to find the right balance of ingredients, but it’ll be worth it to maintain your trim figure.
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*Specific results are not guaranteed and are a result of the individual customized weight loss plan for each patient, along with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes.