5 Strategies to Avoid Gaining Weight between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Eve

As the winter holidays approach, many people attempt to lose weight to look their best for social gatherings. Whether you have a lofty goal of losing twenty pounds or a simple one of dropping only three or four pounds, you may find it difficult to achieve this task between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Eve. Here are five easy strategies to encourage weight loss during this time frame without discouraging your motivation.

  1. Drink Lots of Water. Drinking lots of water is a critical component of any weight-loss strategy. Here is a list of some of the many benefits of drinking lots of water:
    • Water has no calories.
    • Drinking water helps your body eliminate toxic elements, salt, and waste.
    • Drinking water throughout the day encourages your body to release excess water rather than retain it.
    • Drinking plenty of water boosts your body’s metabolism.
    • When you drink sufficient amounts of water regularly, you won’t feel hungry.
    • Drinking water keeps you energized by avoiding the tiredness that comes with dehydration.
  2. Don’t Skip Meals. When you skip a meal, you are more likely to overindulge at the next one. It is also more common for dieters to reach for an unhealthy snack when they are hungry, rather than a nutritious one. If you want to reduce your calories, eat a small meal rather than skipping it. You won’t be as tempted to indulge in a high-calorie snack just because you are hungry.
  3. Get Someone Else to be the Taste Tester. Holiday meals usually include tasty dishes containing lots of calories. If you are the hostess for a party or simply making a special dessert to share, ask someone you trust to sample the recipe or finished item for you. Avoiding even a few calories each time you prepare a meal can help you to lose weight or at least to keep from gaining more.
  4. Eat Your Dessert Slowly. Desserts typically contain ingredients high in calories. Overindulging in them can not only lead to weight gain but it can also put your health at risk. Eating your dessert slowly is an easy way to discourage overindulgence while also allowing you to enjoy a few bites of sweetness. Take small bites and chew each one thoroughly to get the most enjoyment out of your dessert.
  5. Ask for Leftovers instead of Taking Seconds. Taking second helpings during Thanksgiving Day dinner is an action repeated in numerous households throughout the country. It is also the reason why so many people begin their winter weight gain during this time of year. From gravy-covered mashed potatoes to brown-sugar laced sweet potatoes, the choices for second helpings are numerous and calorie-laden. Avoiding the temptation of reaching for a second helping may be easier if you ask for a small container of leftovers instead.

If you struggle to maintain or lose weight between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Eve, you certainly aren’t alone. Holiday celebrations ranging from office parties to family gatherings provide tasty temptations that are often too yummy to resist. Try to stay focused on your goals and use as many strategies as you can to limit your calorie intake during the holiday season for successful results.


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