The 2019 Holiday Survival Guide: 9 Tips to Celebrate This Season & Still Win

November 21st, 2019 by Transform HQ

If you’re trying to lose weight, the holidays may seem like a MASSIVE pain point. The season may even bring guilt as you struggle to balance your weight loss goals with LIFE.

That’s exactly why we created 🎄The 2019 Holiday Survival Guide!🎄 Watch as Chris gives you some tricks up his ugly Christmas sweater sleeve 😉 so YOU can celebrate the holidays, enjoy every last second, and STILL WIN!

⛄️At the end of the blog, we’ve got a BIG announcement you don’t want to miss! It’s the trick to start off the year 2020 and achieve results like NEVER before.⛄️

The Best Holiday Survival Tips to Make this Season the Best One Yet

We’ve included this special Holiday Survival Guide video from Chris above, and we’ve pulled all of his TOP holiday survival tips below!

Tip #1: Exercise Before

As Chris says in the video above, working out before your get together/party is one of the best insurances you can have.

Why?

Depending on your workout of choice, you’ll be burning calories and possibly building some strength and muscle

These benefits alone are great advantages.

But there’s another great benefit, too! The food you eat after you exercise will also be put to good use.

That’s right, that food you consume after you exercise can go towards helping repair your muscles, fill up your glycogen stores, and help you fuel up.

Plus, you’ll already have that mental victory of getting in a good workout under your belt. You’re going to feel better. You’re going to feel on track.

And that is SO BIG when it comes to surviving the holidays.

>> Need some workout ideas? Check out our FREE Transform at Home program by clicking here!

Tip #2: Volunteer to Bring Some Food

Sometimes, the anxiety and hesitation of going to a get together may come from the feeling that your lunch/dinner/snacks are going to be completely out of your hands.

You may be worried that whatever is sitting on the buffet table or snack tray may very well send you into a calorie surplus, resulting in food being stored as fat. 

One great way to help the cards be in your favor and to help you enjoy the food at the party is to volunteer to bring a healthy dish of your own!

That way you’ll have some food you can control. You’ll have a dish on hand that will be favorable to your goals and also to your taste preferences!

Want some tasty low carb meal ideas? Here’s a delicious low-carb finger-food idea below!

Cucumber Sandwiches

Low Carb Quick Prep

 

Ingredients:

½ cup cucumber, sliced

4 ¼ ounces deli turkey meat

1 ½ string cheese sticks

1 ½ tablespoons hummus

¼ cup avocado, mashed

Directions:

  1. Spread hummus on cucumber slices. Sandwich turkey, cheese, and

avocado in between cucumbers. Enjoy!

Makes 1 serving

Nutrition Information: 344 calories; 20g fat; 9g carb; 35g protein

Want some more low-carb recipe ideas? Check them out on our latest blog by clicking here!

Tip #3: Set Up Realistic Expectations

This is such an important tip that can’t be overlooked! 

You may be dreaming of sugar plum fairies and visions of massive number drops on the scale.

But let’s be real: The holidays need to be enjoyed. We need to honor our traditions and our festivities. We need to celebrate our relationships and spend time with those we love.

That said, depending on you and YOU alone, yes, depending on your circumstances and holiday schedule, you need to have an honest sit down with yourself and establish realistic expectations.

For many, it might not be realistic to say, “I want to lose 20 pounds this November and December.” 

For others, it might not be realistic to even say, “I want to lose 10 pounds this November and December.”

What might be realistic is saying, “Hey, instead of gaining weight in November and December, I want to maintain my current weight.”

Being able to mantain your weight through the holidays is an incredible victory. And at the end of the day, a goal of maintaining your weight is SO much better than setting up an unrealistic expectation, only to be devastated if you don’t meet it.

Watch Chris explain the importance of setting up realstic expectations for yourself by clicking the video above!

Tip #4: Don’t Show up Starving!

Just like it’s a bad idea to go grocery shopping while feeling “hangry,” it’s also not the best idea to show up starving to a party. 

This can lead to reaching for foods that you normally wouldn’t in an effort to instantly satiate your cravings and hunger. It may lead to piling up oversized portions on your plate. And if you’re starving, you’re not going to have a good time until you crush those cravings!

So here’s a special tip: Drink ½ a scoop (or even a full one like Chris does in the video!) of our Low Carb Meal Replacement Shake

But why? Our Low Carb Shake will help in 2 big ways:

#1: By drinking our Low Carb Meal Replacement Shake, you’ll be getting important hunger controlling ingredients:

  • Protein
  • Fiber

In addition to those studied hunger-controlling ingredients, the water you mix in your shake will also help with feelings of fullness, too.

In other words, all of this will help when it comes to taking the edge off your hunger.

#2: Our shake comes in several delicious flavors to help satisfy your sweet tooth and cravings you may be feeling.

You can get this Low Carb Meal Replacement Shake in several tasty flavors:

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Strawberries & Cream
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate

Instead of showing up to the party with insatiable hunger and cravings you can’t control, set yourself up for success by planning ahead. 

You’ll have your wits about you, your hunger controlled, and you’ll be ready to enjoy!

Tip #5: Try Some Mint Flavored Gum

Following along with the tip we just covered, try chewing on some mint flavored gum at the party. 

One study shows that the act of chewing helped reduce subjective appetite ratings. Additionally, researchers conclude that a chewing activity (like chewing gum) “could become a valuable adjunct tool for controlling the drive to eat.”

And if that’s not already a bonus in and of itself, helping you to keep your hunger and appetite in check, you’ll be walking around with fresh, minty breath. Talk about a win-win!

Tip #6: Don’t Get “Tanked!”

Once you’ve walked into the party, make a straight shot to the bar, and not for the reason you might be thinking! 😜 In the wise words of Chris, “…not to get tanked!”

Getting drunk and inebriated is probably one of the worst things you can do at a party IF you’re trying to monitor your food intake and stay on track with your goals.

Getting tanked can lower your inhibitions and make it difficult to not want to go crazy at the buffet table.

No… you’ll be heading over to the bar or drink area for a different purpose.

Tip #7: Try “Glassing” with a Zero-Calorie Drink

Drinking your calories can add up all too quickly–whether its regular sodas, juices, or alcohol.

So after you’ve made your way to the bar and drink area, try the “glassing” technique.

This is where you’ll check out all the low- and no-calorie drink options available, pour yourself a glass, and then carry this drink around with you!

By keeping your hands full and busy, and by having something tasty to sip on, you might be less likely to start picking around uncontrollably at the finger foods and buffet table.

Plus, with a nice drink in one hand, that’s one less awkward hand you’ll have to worry about. (Do you keep your other hand in your pocket? Do you keep it down to your side? Just kidding!).

If there aren’t any zero-calorie drink options, pick the lowest calorie beverage you can find and just be mindful of how fast calories from drinks can add up.

Tip #8: Slow Down

When it comes time to eat, slow down and enjoy the food! It can take around 20 minutes for your gut to send a “Hey, I’m full!” signal to your brain. 

So take your time and enjoy your food completely, savoring every single bite—from the smell to the texture, to the taste.

Also, remember that study we mentioned above about chewing and its effects on appetite? 

Eat mindfully, slow down, and soak it all in!

Tip #9: Enjoy Your Party… Ugly Christmas Sweater and All! 😉

With these tips and tricks, you’re already in a really good place. 

You’ve worked out earlier and burned some calories. You’re not coming into the party starving, and you’re watching the calories you drink.

You’re also being mindful of the food you’re eating, and you’re eating slowly.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to ENJOY YOUR PARTY!

Spending time with loved ones and those you appreciate is priceless. It’s so, SO important to honor and respect your holiday traditions and cultures.

So enjoy your get together without any shame or guilt, ugly holiday sweater and all!

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