It's not hard to find weight loss tips from experts – especially this time of year – "Have they ever been in my place?" No to discredit their knowledge, but their advice can sometimes seem a little obvious or, worse, unrealistic. (It's easy to give up the Goopy green bean pan on Thanksgiving, but mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes – are they crazy?)
These tips come from members of our MyFitnessPal community who have lost 50 pounds or more – and have maintained it. Their tips are proven to have achieved healthy goals during the holidays.
1. SAVE SOME DISHES – BUT NOT ALL
Since she's been cooking for the holidays, Sheridan makes traditional dishes and makes them lighter versions of others. "In this way, all the flavors are there to make the holidays more an opportunity," she says. (It's not Thanksgiving without her mother's farce!) Down from about 83 pounds, she's also making mini versions of desserts, so it's easier to have a little taste of pie rather than a huge slice.
2. GUESSTIMATE BEFORE HAND
"Enter what you think you could eat for Thanksgiving or Christmas in MyFitnessPal in advance so you get an idea of calories and macros, then adjust accordingly," suggests Misikin, who lost 57 pounds and who counts.
3. To have a mantra
"I'm repeating myself," I did not come so far to go that far, "says Kimberly Cooper Metcalf, who lost 109 pounds with this mentality. Having a mantra keeps you focused on your goal.
4. EXERCISE BEFORE AND / OR AFTER
Down 243 pounds, Brooke McDavitt enjoys organizing a fitness-related event around the holidays, like a trot of turkey with the whole family. "Medals are a great motivator for my family," she says. "We are Star Wars nerds and have collected the Jedi Academy series, and I am so proud that my husband, sister-in-law and daughters are joining me now."
After a festive meal, Koreena Keller Ralston, a member of the 100+ weight loss club, says that there is no better way to burn more calories than it is. a walk or ride on your bike to watch the Christmas lights. But staying in motion does not just apply to "big days". Ashley Marsh, who lost 90 pounds, walks or cycles before the end of the year.
5. EAT WHAT YOU ARE DISAPPOINTED YOU MISSED
"If I am at a party and there are holiday cookies, I would choose my absolute favorite one or two as a treat.I think of those I know I would be sad to deprive myself and I only eat one of each, "says Marsh. By indulging a little, it is easier to feel satisfied.
6. … OR EAT A LITTLE OF ALL
If you follow this route, put portions of two bites on your plate. "People look at me as if I were crazy, but I want to enjoy the delicious food without too much worry," says Sky Sloderbeck, who lost 120 pounds to here. This avoids feeling private while keeping calories under control.
7. EVERYTHING, TOO,
Erin Franklin, who has maintained a weight loss of 70 pounds, says, "Better to know, and there is a good chance you will not have as bad as you think. When you do not log in, it's easy to enter the state of mind "it does not matter" or "I've already messed up, I might as well have another cookie." / drink / piece of pie. if you go there every day during the holidays – you hold yourself accountable, and there is an element of mindfulness that allows you to get back on track.
8. GET YOUR CLAIMS OF SATIERES
"If you notice that you feel full before finishing your plate, run it to avoid overeating," says Jim Harrison, who has lost 72 pounds on this approach over the last year.
9. DRESS UP
"Wear clothes that do not allow you to eat too much. Escape the comfortable sweatpants and opt for jeans that become uncomfortable when you have too much, "says McDavitt.
10. PACK SNACKS
"Always keep healthy snacks with you wherever you go.They are lifeguards!" Says Katilin-Philip Jones, who has lost 52 pounds.
11. BRING A HEALTHY SIDE
"I'm bringing something that fits my needs," says Matt Park, who has lost 65 pounds so far. "Invariably, someone will ask how I lost weight, and that allows me to practice what I preach and possibly encourage someone else on their way. "
12. HEALTHY EATING AT HOME
Evening meals during the holidays usually do not have the healthiest options, so Franklin makes sure his lunch and lunch are on the right track. In this way, you have some "wins" for the day.
13. MAKE YOUR HOLIDAYS DAY CHEAT
Now 120 pounds lighter, Chico Cheek uses Thanksgiving and Christmas Day as this week's cheat day. "The key is to keep it to date and not all week," he says. "One day will not go back months of progress, and in my opinion, constant denial of candy hurts more and can definitely destroy weight loss."
14. REGISTER FOR A 2018 RACE
Sheridan found that registering for half of the marathons helps to stay on track. "The one I'm about to sign in February will be a good incentive to stay active during the holidays," she says.
15. DO NOT HUNT IT
Of course, Alisha Price eats only really special treats and only in moderation. But if the scale moves a little, no biggie, she says. "I did not lose [200 pounds] in one day, nor am I going to recover everything in one day, enjoy life by balancing your choices," she says.
Have you celebrated a weight loss victory? What are your tips for maintaining it?