18 Effortless Ways to Curb Your Appetite at Holiday Meals

The simple ways to curb your appetite (so you don’t overeat and pack on the pounds) are often the most effective. Why? Because you're more likely to put them into action if they don't take a lot of thought. Holiday dishes may look very innocent but too many are loaded with sugar...which also means loads of calories. They're a tremendous temptation for anyone that’s trying to lose weight.

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One thing that will help is to change the way you view things. Don’t lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season. Festive holiday dinners are as much about socializing and enjoying the people around you as they are about the food you’ll be consuming!

Before you start digging into your feast, think about the associations you have with food and why you have them. Remember that what you eat has a direct effect on you.... both mentally and physically. If you have a hard time controlling what goes into your mouth, you need to think before you act. Instead of stuffing your face, consider the alternatives or what you could do differently that would benefit you more.

After you’ve gained a little perspective, here are a few more tips to help curb your appetite and help prevent you from overindulgence.

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How to Curb Your Appetite at Holiday Meals

  • One thing to think about before dinner is what you're going to wear. That's a really important issue if you're trying to lose weight. Sure, you could wear sweats or jeans or something comfortable... but wouldn't you feel more confident if you were to wear something nice?

    Wearing something nice will make you feel powerful, like you can conquer the world! Jeans or sweats, not so much.

  • Instead of fasting before dinner to make room for more food, try this instead. It’s easier to curb your appetite later if you have something light before a big meal. You'll turn UP your metabolism before you ever sit down to eat. With metabolic juices flowing, dinner will also be easier to digest! (As long as you don't overeat, that is.)

  • Before dinner is served, get everyone involved in charades or take turns telling jokes. Everyone will be having so much fun, they'll forget about food... at least for a while. Laughter is a great way to curb your appetite.

  • Fresh pineapple contains a protein digesting enzyme called bromelain. The more you consume, the better your digestion will be. Raw, fresh pineapple (cooked or canned pineapple does not contain bromelain), can be consumed before or during your meal to help you body digest your food, especially turkey, ham, or beef!

  • When you arrive at your destination for dinner, ask the hostess if you can help serve the food! If you're having to jump up to refill empty bowls, you're not eating!

  • Keep liquids to a minimum during your meal. At any meal, you want to fill up on sustenance, not drinks. If you don’t like that overstuffed feeling, fluids should not be consumed too much during a meal.

  • Grapefruit, apple, lettuce, celery, broccoli and cabbage are a few examples of foods that are low in sugar. Most of the time, they are better for you when they’re eaten without cooking them. Foods eaten raw can also are much easier for your body to assimilate.

  • Don't make food a competition! Many people are addicted to food, and that's bad. Holidays are not such a good time to encourage others to overeat! Relax while you're eating so you’re not racing to load up your plate. A calm spirit waits patiently for others to help themselves first.

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  • Even though you love to watch football games, try to eat at the table with everyone else instead. Most people tend to pig-out when they’re preoccupied. It’s much easier to unintentionally scarf down too much if you're concentrating on other things!

  • Before loading up your plate for second helpings, take a few moments to get up and walk around. The more time you give your stomach to catch up with your feelings of fullness, the less likely you’ll be tempted to pack it on.

  • Eat a little of this and a little of that, instead of a lot of this and a lot of that. That way, you get a chance to try all the foods you love without breaking promises you've made to yourself.

  • Instead of loading up on potatoes, stuffing, and rice, try eating more lean proteins, vegetables, and fruit. A low carb diet provides extra energy too!

  • If holiday meals are during the middle of the day, save room for a light meal later on. Obviously, you won't need a big meal that night but you may need a light pick-me-up! Knowing you can eat a little bit more later on, may help you curb your appetite during the big meal.

  • Instead of opting for high calorie desserts, try a mint! A piece of peppermint candy lasts longer and will help curb your appetite for pecan or pumpkin pie!

  • Have a cup of hot tea or hot cider after you eat. Any fat you eat during a meal will solidify if you drink cold beverages immediately afterward. Fats are much better assimilated by your body if you don’t give them a chance to congeal. Hot liquids after meals help dissolve and flush fats from your body.

  • After you eat but before dessert is served, ask if you can help start washing dishes! When your hands are busy doing other things, you can't very well eat more!

  • If you do stuff your gut, don’t stew in feelings of shame. Life is too short to be stuck on feelings of remorse. Humans will never be perfect! Let go and let God!

  • One final thought. Consuming fat doesn't make you gain weight, but wearing fat does! Reason? Muscles are a lot more dense than fat so one pound of fat is larger than one pound of muscle. The bonus is that muscle mass helps speed UP your metabolism to burn more fat!

    Don’t stress about holiday meals with family and friends! Enjoy your time off from work. Even when times are tough, you should still make time for you. When you learn to curb your appetite and release excess weight, you’ll also find you have more control over your life in general. Ii promise you that you’ll be so much healthier and happier in the long run!

    Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

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