It is the most wonderful time of the year! No… Not holiday season. Hunting Season.
While most everyone else is thinking about buying gifts and making desserts, you are thinking about checking trail cams, getting into the woods for the whitetail rut, or training for your late season elk hunt. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the holiday season, one way that most people “enjoy” the holidays is by eating copious amounts of dessert and treats over the course of two months. I once gained almost 20 lbs in one holiday season… It took me 9 months to lose it. Not exactly a good cost-benefit ratio if you ask me. If you aren’t careful, you could make things harder on yourself by gaining useless weight before your next hunt.
So what are some steps you can take to ensure that you do not undo all of your hunting prep by gaining a bunch of non-functional weight while still enjoying the delicious foods that come out this time of year?
Drink Plenty of Water
Water will keep your metabolism high and your appetite low, limiting snacking and overeating. Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day to ensure that you do not snack too much. It will also keep you hydrated which is also very important.
Exercise keeps your metabolism high and helps your body to process food and burn calories more effectively. Maintaining your training regimen during the holidays is one of the most important factors in controlling weight gain.
Never Go Back For Seconds
Self-control is the name of the game. I have seldom been glad I went back for seconds. In fact, I usually regret it because the stomach ache that lasts for hours is not worth the momentary satisfaction of the taste of the food. Instead, get one serving of food and enjoy it. When it is gone, you’re done.
Get me around pumpkin pie and I am hard-pressed to not eat way too much. We all have that one food that is our weakness during the holidays, but self-control is key. Get a single serving and eat it slowly instead of crushing three servings as fast as you can. You will still be able to enjoy the flavor just as long without eating way too much.
Don’t Show Up Hungry
Just like shopping at the grocery store, arriving at a holiday party hungry is not a good idea; it will ensure that you over-eat. instead, eat a small, healthy snack (preferably something high in fiber to stave off your appetite) prior to arriving. This will ensure that you do not over-eat due to hunger.
Ultimately, you should enjoy the food that is available during the holidays because that is part of the fun of the holidays. It also has a positive affect on your long-term dieting goals when done right. Self-control is the key and with these steps you can do yourself a huge favor by not gaining a bunch of weight over the next two months.