The treats are still rolling in for many of us, and it seems we can’t escape them – even at work. There’s always someone in the office who likes to bake and vendors love to send those giant high-calorie gift baskets to the break room, which is great…but the calories add up fast (and so does the guilt that comes with overindulging).
If losing weight during the holidays seems too daunting, try focusing on not gaining weight. This in itself is a challenge when you’re greeted with a new batch of Christmas cookies/donuts/candy every week.
So how can you maintain your weight during the holidays without driving yourself crazy? Here are my personal tips for avoiding holiday calories at the office:
Break off a bite – It satisfies your craving without the guilt.
So you walk in the break room and find a plate of brownies on the table. You probably curse whoever brought them, because now you’re faced with a dilemma: You can eat one and feel like a diet failure…or you can avoid them altogether and feel deprived.
If you’re like me, you have this “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to losing weight; you go from one extreme to the other and burn yourself out.
Find a happy medium – cut off a bite, sprinkle SENSA on it and enjoy the brownie! Doing this will alleviate your craving and chances are you won’t even want more.
“I’ll grab a cookie after I eat my Lean Cuisine,” you say. “I deserve it.”
This sense of entitlement and the act of rewarding yourself with food is a terrible way to go about maintaining your weight – because you’ll probably gain weight!
By thinking you deserve a cookie; you’ll eat more than you should. Wait 20 minutes after lunch (that’s how long it takes for your brain to receive the “full” signal) and see if you still want a cookie. If you do, break off a bite and avoid the fat calories you would have consumed had you eaten the whole thing!
Keep fresh fruit on hand.
It’s amazing how our tastes change as we grow older. For example, I used to HATE tomatoes. Now I want them on everything, or I’ll just eat them plain!
It wasn’t up until a couple of years ago that I noticed eating fresh fruit satisfy my sweet tooth – and apparently I’m not alone. Fruit has natural sugar so it makes for a healthy dessert; plus they’re loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that can help enhance your metabolism.
Sweets, on the other hand, have ADDED sugar, which is where all the empty calories come from. Most store-bought snacks and desserts are processed and packed with added sugar – in other words, they have no nutritional value.
If you crave something crunchy…replace chips with carrot sticks or nuts.
That’s all I have for now, folks! As always, sprinkle your SENSA to keep your appetite in check, and most importantly…don’t be afraid of food this holiday season!