One of my favorite things about the holidays is gathering with family and friends.

One of my least favorite things is the extra weight I tend to gain by indulging in all the delicious holiday food.

Over the years, I’ve learned to simplify my plan to fight holiday weight gain.

I focus on the following four items to be proactive instead of waiting for January to work off the weight gain.

Keep Moving:

With my schedule becoming more hectic in November and December, it’s hard to fit in my regular workout routine.

While I like to stay committed, it’s not a reality.

Instead of berating myself for not working out, I make the extra effort to keep moving.

I park further than usual to get in a few additional steps.

I do short bursts of exercises throughout the day – 10 minutes on the treadmill in the morning, ab crunches in the afternoon, and squats in the evening.

At social gatherings, I opt for the dance floor instead of the buffet table.

Drink Water:

While I usually drink more water than the recommended eight glasses daily, I consume even more during the holidays.

It helps me stay filled up longer and stops me from snacking on holiday goodies.

Balance Food Consumption:

When I have an evening event with lots of good food, I manage what I eat during the day.

I’ll eat a lighter breakfast and lunch, anticipating more calories will be consumed at the evening event.

I make sure I eat something during the day or else I’ll overeat at the evening event.

Limit Alcohol:

Over the years, I’ve noticed the more alcoholic beverages I consume, the more I eat.

I lose track of what I’m eating and mindlessly consume more than usual. For this reason, I have a firm limit on the number of alcoholic beverages I will drink at a holiday gathering.

My plan isn’t rocket science. It’s common knowledge but worth sharing in hopes of helping you stay in control of your holiday food consumption.

Be proactive and take action now instead of waiting for the New Year.

(Update to original post from October 20, 2017)


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA®, RICP®, is a Managing Director at Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing  comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, and retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”