6 Tips to Avoid Overeating at Holiday Parties

by Lunden Souza

The holiday season is just around the corner. Can you believe it? I feel like it was just summer here in Austria and now the weather has all of a sudden turned to winter just like that! Even though the weather makes me want be a couch potato, it’s quite impossible with all the work that needs to be done before the holidays and with all the holiday parties with work colleagues and friends. I like to call it the holiMONTH not the holiDAY because it really seems to drag itself on from the end of November to the end of December. And, while it may seem absolutely impossible to stay in shape during this time, the truth is it is possible! The key is to avoid overeating at holiday parties.

It’s not about being super strict and antisocial and saying “no” to all party invites. It’s about finding your balance and not going completely overboard—that’s it! In fact, if you can make it through the holiday season without completely pigging out or, on the other end, depriving yourself, you can make it through any time of the year. The holiday season brings so much temptation from all angles and it’s actually really good practice. Bottom line: my hope is that these tips help you find balance throughout the craziness and appreciate respect your health and well being.

6 Tips to Avoid Overeating at a Holiday Party

I’ve been practicing these tips for nearly nine years! I can’t even believe it’s been that long since I started my fitness journey. I keep these little tricks and tactics in my back pocket. And they can be used all year-round, too! I love to be social and have fun. But I don’t like waking up feeling completely exhausted, stuffed and hung over.

  1. You don’t have to drink at every single party and event. If you have a handful of holiday parties to attend then choose a couple to have some cocktails at, but not all of them. If you’re going to drink, try not to eat so many carbs on the same evening. Fuel up on protein and veggies instead. If you really struggle with not drinking at holiday parties, then offer to be the designated driver ahead of time.
  2. Lift heavy the day of. Have a holiday party in the evening? Go for a heavy leg workout before. Working a large muscle group (like the legs) is ideal for ultimate calorie torching! Then, all the extra calories can actually go to helping your muscles repair—or in my case, go straight to the booty!
  3. Wear something tight! This isn’t the day to wear a big sweater or poncho. Bust out that sexy black dress or fitted suit so you’re less likely to stuff yourself until you have a “food baby.”
  4. Have a bite to eat before. If you show up to the party starving (having saved your calories the whole day) you’re going to slam every appetizer in sight. Have a protein shake or a small snack before to hold you over so you’re not completely ravenous.
  5. Don’t hang out by the food. Chatting away with friends next to the sweets tray is a bad idea. You could find yourself funneling morsel after morsel into your mouth without even realizing it. Situate yourself in a place where food is not literally right at your fingertips. For me, the danger zone is the nut jar. Even though they are super healthy, nuts are packed with calories. Even on a regular day, I have to keep my distance from the jar of nuts or I won’t stop until they are all gone.
  6. Dance the night away! Don’t be afraid to bust a move on the dance floor. Burn extra calories and have tons of fun at the same time.

Do you have some tips on you avoid pigging out at holiday parties? Then tweet them to me @LifeLikeLunden! I love learning from you guys, too!

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