The holiday season is the perfect storm for packing on pounds: From the delicious yet so-not-nutritious food to the chilly I'm-never-moving-from-this-warm-spot-on-the-couch-you-can't-make-me weather, it's not surprising many of us feel like we're set up for weight-loss failure before the holidays have even begun. But it doesn't have to be that way! Make this the year you stop the weight gain before it starts with these simple tips.More
One of the biggest mistakes you can make this time of year? Eating light all day to "counteract" the bingeing you're planning to do later at a holiday party. Feeding your body the good stuff (aka foods full of fiber and/or healthy fats, such as beans, seeds, nuts, avocados, fatty fish, and dark leafy greens) during the day keeps you energized and helps you feel fuller longer. You'll still have room for tasty holiday party treats — you'll just be less likely to inhale superhuman servings of them.
We've all been there: Go out for an expensive meal, eat until you're full, but then continue to stuff yourself because you want to "get your money's worth." It's time to stop the cycle, says Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RDN, CDN, author of Read It Before You Eat It: "When you think about it, if you eat the whole thing and really stuff yourself, then you're kind of paying for it twice: You pay for your meal with money, but then you pay for it later on with perhaps a stomach ache and extra weight."