Holiday Diet Tips: 5 Ways to Stay on Track

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 3 minutes

You’ve tracked your food and exercise regularly for weeks or even months, and you’re living a healthier lifestyle that you’d like to keep for the long haul. However, for many, once the holidays roll around, all of those carefully developed habits fly out the window. Sure, the actual holidays are only a couple of days clustered at the end of the month. But the holiday season lasts for week, and you’re facing potlucks, parties, cookies, office treats, food gifts and many other opportunities to splurge.

Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Sticking with your diet plan doesn’t have to involve superhuman willpower. After all, every day presents food temptations, so why should the holidays be any different? To provide you with the support you need, here are 5 strategies to stay on track so you can continue to lose weight during the holidays.

  1. Don’t arrive at a party hungry

One of the best way to avoid overeating at dinners or parties is to ensure you’re not already hungry when you arrive. Keep a diet-friendly snack in your purse and eat it just before getting to the event. If you still find that your cravings are too hard to resist, drink a glass of water and crunch on raw vegetables, if they’re available, before the main course.

  1. Avoid alcohol

Alcohol should be avoided primarily because it’s a source of empty calories that add no nutritional value and actually impede weight loss. It also lowers inhibitions, making you less in control of what you eat. Try sipping on club soda instead of a cocktail, instead.

  1. Buddy up

Being the only person trying to avoid waist-expanding calories at a dinner or party is tough – and the temptation to give in to peer pressure is very real. One trick to avoid this is to find a weight-loss buddy. With someone there to provide support, avoiding unheathy holiday treats won’t be nearly as hard, and they’ll be able to take some of the scrutiny off of your choice of foods and drinks.

  1. Host the party yourself

What better way to be in control of what you eat than to host the event yourself? You can ensure there are plenty of diet-friendly food items to go along with the traditional treats. Also, being a good host means you’ll be busy ensuring everyone else has enough to eat rather than spending time munching, making it the perfect both sociable and diet-friendly role!

Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to ensure your guests take home any leftovers. Portion all your leftovers in small amounts to ensure that everyone can share. This will help you avoid the temptation of finishing them off yourself.

  1. Don’t skip servings of Hydroxycut

This may seem obvious, but if you’re taking Hydroxycut, don’t stop during the Holidays. In fact, this is one time of year where taking it consistently might be even more important. Even if you cheat on your diet, you should carry on and continue your exercise and supplementation program. If you make a mistake by overindulging or miss a serving of Hydroxycut, just let it go, focus on what you’re doing right and move on.

Here are 4 easy ways to remember to take your Hydroxycut:

  1. Set a reminder on your phone.
  2. Keep it visible. If you eat most of your meals at home, put your Hydroxycut somewhere where you can see it to remind you to take it when you start preparing or cooking your meals.
  3. Use a small pill box and store your daily supply of Hydroxycut in it in case you’re eating on the go.
  4. Enlist the aid of a family member of friend to help. Sometimes, just a few friendly reminders can help you get into the habit of taking your Hydroxycut at the right time every day. It’s even easier if that person is also taking it.