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9 Tips for Maintaining Your Weight Loss Over the Holidays

Nov 02, 2023

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9 Tips for Maintaining Your Weight Loss Over the Holidays

The holidays are here, and while you're excited to celebrate with family and friends, if you’re on a successful weight-loss journey, you may be concerned about staying on track.

At Memorial Health Urgent Care and Infusions in Katy, Texas, our team recognizes that this time of year can be especially challenging for maintaining weight loss. That's why we've pulled together nine tips to help you do just that. 

1. Stick to your usual meal plan

The holidays are a busy time of year between shopping, cooking, and soirees. One of the best steps you can take is maintaining your diet and eating schedule. 

Eat the same foods in the same portions around the same time each day that you do the rest of the year.

2. Continue your exercise regimen 

Prioritize exercise during the holidays. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity ― a brisk walk or bike ride — five days a week. 

3. Eat before the festivities

You can save room for a few holiday goodies by eating low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods like a mixed green salad topped with chicken before going out. 

Arriving at a party hungry can lead to poor food choices and overeating.

4. Go low-cal

Modify your favorite holiday recipes to make them low-calorie. For example, make dips with fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

5. Focus on fun instead of food

For many, food is the center of holiday fun. Consider switching that up. Instead of focusing your celebration around a big meal, plan a party with activities like family games or a walk around the neighborhood to check out the holiday lights and decorations. 

6. Pack your plate with veggies

When filling up your plate during the holiday meal, fill half with nonstarchy vegetables such as salad greens, roasted brussels sprouts, or steamed green beans. 

7. Slow down and savor

Eat slowly to prevent overeating. It takes about 20 minutes after you start eating for your brain to send the signal that you’re full. Rushing through your meal may cause you to go for a second helping, resulting in that stuffed and uncomfortable feeling. 

8. Avoid mindless snacking

Be aware of mindlessly snacking throughout the day. You may only have a bite or two occasionally, but those bites add up. 

Instead of grazing and grabbing, put your snack on a plate, sit at a table, and mindfully eat it. 

Enjoy your holiday treats

You can enjoy your favorite holiday treats and still not pack on pounds. The key is to eat them in moderation. Indulge in your mother’s famous sweet potatoes or that slice of pecan pie. Just be aware of your portions. 

For help achieving and maintaining your ideal weight, contact Memorial Health Urgent Care and Infusions in Katy, Texas. We also welcome patients from Cypress, Flushear, Brookshire, Sealy, Houston, and Richmond, Texas. Call our office today or use our online scheduling tool to set up your appointment.