Two years ago my personal trainer put me on a strict diet to lose bodyfat. At the time my bodyfat was around 28% and I was afraid that the number would creep up putting me into the overweight category.
As far as petite Asians go, I considered myself skinny fat. I never thought that term would apply to me.
I was on a diet for four months which included one month of no carbs. I was salivating at the thought of crackers for the first week and eyed rice like a sad puppy when I passed by restaurants.
My diet restrictions made me a stressed out Debbie Downer.
I was constantly thinking about how to pack my meals to meet my macros so I could eat them at work. I would measure out my food, and write on a mini Post-It the carb, fat, and protein it contained then entered it into a spreadsheet as I ate the meal.
Nutrition labels became my best friend and so were partial serving sizes. I never went out to dinner because I wouldn’t be able to measure the food! I turned down meals with my friends and vacations because I was afraid of getting off track.
Life was not fun and I turned into a grump constantly talking about the food I couldn’t eat which leads me to my first holiday tip for you which is,
Tip #1 Don’t Stress Out About The Holiday Feasts
It’s impossible to be perfect all the time with your diet and not want to indulge a little. Or if you’re like me and moderation does not exist then indulge till the food has disappeared.
When you have unrealistic expectations of maintaining a healthy diet or eating enough protein over the holidays it will make the time spent with friends and family a real downer. You will have a hard enjoying your holidays.
Working out and eating healthy is supposed to enhance the quality of your life. It’s not supposed to make you feel guilty and feel bad about yourself because you want to eat a chocolate chip cookie once in a while or a bowl of ice cream.
At the same time your body is dynamic vessel that is constantly changing.
It’s not the end of the world if you put on a few pounds because who you are is not defined by the number on the scale. Your body is in constant flux. Don't let the number on the scale dictate how you feel about yourself.
Understand that you cannot eat like the holidays everyday of the year. And if the number goes up and you're not happy about it then you need to exercise more and clean up your diet. But holding yourself to perfect standards over the holidays will make you miserable and stressed. So don’t do it.
If you find it hard to resist temptation no matter how much willpower you have then you will find my next tip useful on how to control your cravings around delicious holiday treats.