Holiday Survival Guide 101

Posted On Nov 26, 2013 By Vito La Fata

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With the holiday season in full swing, I know how hard it is to resist all the celebrative eating and drinking (and the weight gain that comes with it), so I put together a quick and easy guide to eating during the holidays.

A little attention and planning will allow you to enjoy the holidays without waking up on January 1 feeling guilty, embarrassed and upset with yourself.

So, here is a quick holiday survival guide that will keep the season merry and your mind full of cheer.

You DON'T have to totally deprive yourself during the holidays, but you DO have to have some willpower to say no.

DON'T try to convince yourself that you're going to eat less after the holidays, and therefore it's OK to eat what you want during the month of December. It will be much more difficult to go back to your clean eating plan if you have been guilty of crappy eating.

DO eat less for the 3-5 days leading up to a holiday event or party. When the event takes place, you'll look and feel better than you originally expected, and you will feel less guilty when you enjoy yourself at the celebration.

DO wear your skinny jeans. When you look and feel sexy you will eat less.

DON'T drink wine or beer. Go for hard alcohol if you must have something. Why? Because you can nurse a hard drink all night, but with wine and beer, there's a higher chance you will want another.

DO position yourself as far away from the appetizer table as possible.

DON'T sit in front of the TV. Get up and socialize! If you really want to watch TV then do it standing up.

DO bring your own dish to the occasion. Nobody has to know that it's healthy or low calorie, but at least you'll know how many calories it has, and you will have something to snack on.

DO send people home with food if you are hosting a party.

DO sit at the table as far from the unhealthy food options as possible. If you have to keep standing up, putting your drink down and reaching across Uncle Fred to grab a piece of bread, you're not going to have as many pieces as you would if it were right in front of you.

DO repurpose holiday dinner party leftovers into 2 - 3 fat-blasting meals. (Why? Because everyone eats all the unhealthy stuff at a dinner party leaving you with a ton of lean meat, veggies, etc., for the next 3-5 days.)

Everyone uses the holidays as an EXCUSE for gaining weight, but really you only have about four days out of 40 that you'll be eating poorly.

Enjoy the holiday celebrations and parties, but stay focused on your diet and workout on all other days.

If you plan and use the holiday eating wisely, you can come out no worse off on January 1!

Stick to these guidelines, and I promise you will keep the weight off while everyone around you gains another 4-8 pounds!

So, there you have some quick, and easy Do's and Don'ts to get you through this holiday season unscathed!