Tis the Season.....

It's no secret that during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's people gain anywhere from 8-15 pounds every year. Most of these pounds come from the calories in the rich foods that they eat and drink. Lots of sugar, butter, chocolate, cream, etc. And a lot of these calories coming from the alcoholic, or even non-alcoholic, drinks people will consume during the holidays.

Eggnog or other cream drinks, specialty drinks, high-sugar drinks or even the normal wine or beer you might normally drink.

As much as it is the types of drinks (liquid calories) people might consume, it's also the amount. Because of all of the parties that happen during these weeks, people can consume up to 3x more the amount of liquid calories they would normally consume on a weekly basis.

I know with all the hard work I have put in over the past year, I want to make sure I don't kill it all in just 4 weeks!

Here are 3 easy ways to cut down on those liquid calories without feeling like you're missing out!!! (I say "cut down" because I'm realistic and know that trying to cut out ALL of the liquid calories is not something people are willing to do)

  1. Drink more water Drinking more water is always a good thing, not just during the holidays, but drinking a glass or two in between caloric drinks can cut the calories down greatly. If you usually consume 4 drinks at a party, try substituting water for 1-2 of those drinks. By doing this you can actually save anywhere from 300-800 calories in just one night! Maybe even more!
  2. Make that drink last Once you get a drink, sip on it and make it last so that you are not going for another one too soon. Just like eating slowly and really enjoying your food can help you eat less, so can sipping on your drink and enjoying it. As long as the drink doesn't melt, you can make a drink last for a pretty long time. This, again, can cut your drinks you have for the night in half.
  3. Make your own drinks Making your own drinks, or pouring your own drinks, can control the amount you pour in your glass. This can even help with the amount of alcohol, if having a mixed/specialty drink, you use and again helping with limiting the calories. If you are unable to make/pour your own drinks, ask the host to only fill your glass half-way or give you half the amount they normally would.

Try these out over the next couple of weeks and I know not only will you be cutting down on those liquid calories, but you will be happier with yourself come January 2nd!