<br/> <br/> <br/>The holidays are a tricky time, especially for people who are struggling with weight loss. People are seemingly trying to tempt you wherever you go! Baking becomes popular in many homes, and lots of people are generous about sharing their cookies and cakes. And any holiday celebrations you attend can cause you to eat at least twice as much as you normally would! Yet it's still possible to watch what you eat and exercise regularly throughout the holidays.<br/><br/>It's definitely possible to get through the holidays without carrying any additional pounds, as long as you're conscientious and stay alert. This article will provide you with some helpful tips on how to do this.<br/><br/>One common mistake people often make is arriving at a holiday party feeling very hungry; if you eat a little something first, you can avoid this. Fix a tasty but healthy snack for yourself using ingredients you can control. There's no need to eat a whole meal, as you want to eat something at the party. You only want to eat enough so that you're not starving when you get to the party. You can then nibble on various treats without overdoing it. <br/><br/>No matter what you eat, write it down so there's a record of it. This will inform you of how much work you need to do when you exercise. You will also have a much better idea of exactly what you have eaten. No one is perfect when it comes to their diets, and when you write everything down you'll be aware of how "bad" -or trivial- your transgressions really are. What may have just been one cookie will start to feel like a few later on in the day and the guilt from exaggerating your misstep can send you straight to more snacking. Yet when you write everything down, you'll know that a tiny indulgence is just that, and nothing more.<br/><br/>It's not so much the large holiday meals that are our undoing this time of year -it's more the constant parade of sweets and other items that are all over. Some people bake nonstop this time of year, while others buy sweets at the store. It can be hard to turn down a handmade candy or cookie. But it's possible! All you have to do is smile and say "thanks that looks good but I'm watching my weight" and then move on. Just keep your goals in mind, and make sure you're friendly and humble about it. And don't feel you have to be perfect -one cookie or piece of candy every so often won't destroy your diet. Life is no fun if you have to be perfect 100% of the time. <br/><br/>As we've seen, there are many strategies that can help you avoid gaining weight over the holidays. Keep your objectives in mind at all times, and you won't have to deprive yourself -just don't overdo it when reaching for holiday treats and don't abandon your exercise program! A few extra holiday calories here and there won't hurt you, as long as you work them off -but remember that they can add up if you don't watch yourself.