There's a vicious cycle that happens every year for us women. We work-out like crazy for the summer vacations. The summer diet consists of healthy low-calorie meals and light refreshing drinks. Fast forward a few months into fall/winter - the temperatures drop, and pounds are picked up. Salads are replaced with bowls of hearty soup and that water with lemon takes a back seat to hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows).
Even those with an admirable amount of self-control are put to the extreme test of temptations with the number of holiday parties that will take place over the next few weeks. With no shortage of food + those meals you've been waiting for all year (i.e. Mom's country baked ham, Grandma's sweet potato pie, and let's not forget your uncle's spiked Eggnog!); it almost feels impossible to maintain that snatched waist you worked so hard for. But all hope is not lost, there are still some ways to stay on the right track so "losing weight" doesn't become a part of your New Years Resolution.
Small Portions - We get it... You see a table full of some of your favorite dishes and you immediately want to indulge in EVERY. SINGLE. ONE OF the THEM, and get seconds! This is the first step to destroying your diet leading to a severe case of "food baby". Enjoy those seasonal meals but do so in small portions! (tip: a great way to prevent you don't overeat is to drink a full glass of water before your meal)
Don't drink your calories - Eggnog, sweat tea, spiked apple cider, and a host of other festive drinks may not seem like they're causing any harm, but this can single handily wreck havoc on your waistline. Beverages are notorious for being invisible calories because we really don't pay attention to the number of calories per oz. After all whose paying attention to whether or not that peppermint martini is bad for your diet!
Don't stop working out - Keeping up with your workout routine is important. It helps combat those extra calories you may take in and overall keeps you fit. Even if you scale back to the intensity level of your workouts, don't just stop altogether... doing so makes it much harder to get back on track. Instead of taking a nap after one of those holiday meals - try taking a quick walk, or perhaps a game that involves burning your meal off!