With nibbles lining the coffee table and sumptuous snacks stuffed
into the refrigerator, the best of intentions often fly out the
chimney during the holiday season, as taste buds take over. Here's
how to survive temptation with your waistline intact:
1. Make an eating plan. Your journal can be your best friend this
time of year. Be scrupulous in recording absolutely everything you
put in your mouth, down to that spoonful of gravy on your
potatoes. "Simply knowing that you'll have to face the list of all
the candies you sampled could be enough to make you think twice
about what you eat," says Chicago psychotherapist Allison Evans,
who specializes in counseling people with body image and weight
2. Decide why you're eating. Often at Christmas time, we eat for
all the wrong reasons - to keep Aunt Mable happy because she went
to so much trouble, because we got a box of chocolates as a gift,
because there's just so much food lying around the office.
"Instead, savor your favorite holiday foods when you are really
hungry, and leave the others behind," suggests Karen
Miller-Kovach, MS, RD, Weight Watchers' chief scientist.
3. Minimize alcohol intake. Alcohol adds empty calories and helps
you lose sight of your goals. To minimize your alcohol intake,
Miller-Kovach suggests using low- or no-POINTS beverages as
mixers, drinking wine spritzers or alternating alcoholic drinks
with low-calorie or calorie-free soft drinks, or water.
4. Find other comfort options. Depressed over the annual family
bickering or the lack of money in your gift budget? Instead of
reaching for comfort food, go for a long walk, meditate, play
uplifting music or rent a funny movie.
5. Call a friend to vent your feelings. Or connect with other
dieters that are roughing the holidays on the
6. Go to a meeting. Seeing a room of smiling, understanding faces
will help you survive the season. Don't know where to go. Try our
Find a Meeting locator.
7. Avoid overreacting to overeating. Telling yourself you're
hopeless because you racked up too many POINTS one day won't help.
Remember: 'There's no such thing as failure. Only Feedback.' Write
down what you ate and why you think you might have splurged. Then
learn from it, and plan ahead the next time you might be in that
situation. "Don't punish yourself for overeating," urges Evans,
the psychotherapist. "Treat tomorrow as a brand new day."