Sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, snowballs, fudge and a partiridge in a pear tree.
How on earth is anyone supposed to lose weight when it’s the holidays and all these treats are around?
The answer is quite simple.
You decide the result you want ahead of time.
What is the result you want? If the result you want is to lose weight over the holidays then you can absolutely include holiday treats, here’s how.
My Top 5 Holiday Success Tips!
- Pre-log your food to include the treat. Seeing your treat in your food log ahead of time helps you stay on track because you can prove to yourself that it is possible to have treats and eat regular meals. Pre-logging also serves as a great tool for anyone who has dealt with food restriction because you can train your brain to understand that holiday treats can and should be part of your protocol if you want them to be.
- Decide on quantity in advance. The smell of freshly baked cookies can be quite alluring, and while you may only intended having one in advance, it can be easy to have one- fresh out of the oven, one- once they’re cooled, one- with milk, one-before bed, and before you know it you’re starting to negotiate with your goals. In advance decide exactly how many cookies or treats you want and stick to your plan. Remember- they don’t get tastier the more you eat.
- Balance out your day. If you are eating a nutrient dense snack like 3-4 cookies, then you will likely have to fit it in by getting in some other high fiber carbs and protein dense meals. Sandwich your treats between two healthier meal options.
- Decide what’s worth it for you. There are treats you may have eaten over the years simply because they’re there. You get to decide if you want them or not. Just because treats show up on your doorstep or in your cupboard doesn’t oblige you to eat them.
- Explore substitute. Sometimes I opt to make healthier versions of treats because I want to. Sometimes healthier versions aren’t as tasty, but the physical sensation of eating a sugar cookie without the sugar rush happens to appeal to me. I’ll admit that the success of healthy substitutes is not 100% and if it’s not satisfying to you then just eat the real thing.
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