Today I wanted to share some tips and a few of my fav lower calorie holiday drinks to enjoy friends family and parties without belly bulge & weight gain.
Keep your goals firmly planted in your mind. We all get “caught up” from time to time. While in “the moment”, it is quite easy to lose sight of your ultimate vision and why you began your fitness or nutrition program in the first place. I always spend time, prior to the beginning of the Holiday season, reinforcing our client’s “Why’s”.
- How will your life be better when you are living at your goal weight?
- What will you be wearing? How will you be feeling?
- Where will you feel more confident or energetic?
- How will your weight loss benefit your family ?
- How are you feeling in your current condition?
- Why the heck do you want to lose this weight anyway ?I suggest that people make a “why card” and keep it visible for those times when the going gets tough.You can also pick out a favorite outfit which no longer fits , find a picture of an outfit that you would love to be able to wear, find a picture of yourself or someone else that represents your goal or find a “before” picture that represents something that you never want to go back to. Keep them handy for a constant reminder of why you do want to make the choices that will lead you to your goals.
**** YES, I have mentioned this in previous posts and will continue to mention it until you understand how absolutely VITAL this is to your success. A strong WHY will beat “will power” any day. In fact, a strong WHY is the very SOURCE of will your will power
Keep an eye on serving sizes and portions – Any food (even not so healthy ones) can be worked into your food plan, it’s just a matter of awareness and balance. Many people label foods “good” or bad. In reality, it is all about portions and serving sizes and a generally balanced diet of whole, fat burning, nutrient dense foods. (That whole 90/10 rule … or 80/10 for the holidays)
Avoid the “All or nothing” mentality – Let’s face it, no one’s perfect. Chances are, there will be a time or two when you go overboard. Don’t let this lead into an “I already blew it” binge that lasts until January 1st. No one or two days is going to make or break your fat loss efforts. The key is to get right back on track the next day and consider adding some extra cardio in to work off the extra calories.
Make a plan – Plan how much you are going to drink before you go out and stop when you’ve reached your limit.
Have something healthy and filling to eat before you go out – Food slows the rate of the alcohol absorption. Drinking on a full stomach will also limit your alcohol intake.
Have non alcoholic ‘spacer’ between drinks like sparkling with a splash of juice or a plain water. Alternate alcoholic drinks with these non alcoholic alternatives.
Avoid drinking in ’rounds’ – This will allow you to drink at your own pace and to control your consumption.
Avoid cream-based cocktails and specialty drinks.
Compare the alcohol content of different drinks and select those with lower content.
Mix your drinks with sparkling water or choose light beer instead of full strength.