Leave the Weight Gain to Santa: How to Not Gain Weight this Holiday Season

If holiday binging is wrong, I don’t want to be right but the reality is that wearing sweatpants out on NYE is not cute. Here are seven tips to help avoid turning into a holiday heavyweight this year.

1. Ready to Mingle

The reality is you are going to attend parties this holiday season; the office shin-dig, the best friend holiday celebration, the family Christmas party before Christmas and of course the annual Christmas feast. There is going to be food, tons of food, loaded with cheese, wrapped in bacon, covered in pastry puff, and stuck with a convenient and cute red toothpick. Avoid the food table when you are partying this year. If that means you have to buy a one-way ticket to Black Out City, then do it!  Try to focus on your wine glass and talking (even if it is about all of the food you can’t eat). Yes, yes, of course there are calories in alcohol but it is a better substitute than the Pinterest worthy loaded potato on a stick your 100-lb best friend brought.

2. Eat before you go out

Auntie Sue might be mad at you but Auntie Sue can get over it. Save yourself the extra mile on the treadmill by satisfying your hunger before you get to the holiday shindig.

3. Spice Up Your Life

Spicy foods help get your metabolism going by generating heat that ultimately raises your body temperature. Now don’t get all crazy and spike everything with ghost peppers (that might lead to excessive perspiration) but if you have the option between the Quesadilla Jalapeno Spread and a Swedish Meatball, “make yourself a dang ques-a-dilla”.

4. Go to the gym

Easier said than done, I know, but try to make a conscious effort to go to the gym a couple days a week to prep yourself for the holiday binge. Not only will you feel better about yourself, you will feel less guilty treating yourself with a slice of Italian calzone. If the gym is too much to handle, go on Pinterest and search for fitness workouts. There are a ton of 10-minute workouts you can do in your living room that will totally kick your ass.

5. Drink Wisely

You’re not “The Dude”, so avoid the White Russians. Just try to avoid creamy, sugary cocktails all together. Trust me, you’ll regret the Eggnog. Wine or a shot will only set you back about 100 calories per serving. I always feel skinner drinking on a Vodka Soda, so why not make that your drink of choice. Or you can always support your girl Bethenny Frankel and over-indulge with one too many Skinny Girl Margaritas.

6. Wear Your Skinny Jeans

Your ass will look fabulous, so suck it up – I mean in – and put those bad boys on. You’ll be less likely to go for seconds and thirds when you can barely breathe as it is. And yes, unbuttoning the top button defeats the purpose, so please refrain.

7. Take a plus one

If you have the option to bring a plus one, then capitalize on it. They will be the perfect decoy to help you confront your addiction to chips and dip. Potato Chip fingers and onion dip breath aren’t going to get you the make out you’ve been fantasizing over. A wine glow and perfect lipstick will. You’ll thank me later.

Erin Jean

Erin Jean is a Boston based smart mouth who lives in suburbia with her kick-ass husband, yes you read that correctly, I'm a married woman, people! She graduated from Endicott College in 2010 with a degree in Contemporary Journalism. She loves tattoos, writing, and slush (it’s an addiction people). When she is not working for the man, she is riding on the back of motorcycles, online shopping, and reminiscing about her younger years. A typical week consists of watching too much Bad Girls Club, mentally preparing for a zombie apocalypse, and trying to get a body like Mila Kunis (please insert laughter here). Feel free to stalk her life via pictures @mrsbadnews13 or on twitter @erinlissa

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