I heard that people gained 5 - 25 pounds this week. Crazy! My biggest mistake after a big food fest, like Thanksgiving, is to cut the calories way back to overcompensate for indulging. The problem with that is in addition to overeating during the holidays most of us also under-sleep. We are traveling from one family members house to the next. We stay a little too late at the last house and, ugh! now we have to drive home.
We start the next week more tired than usual so the last thing we need to do is cut back on the calories (energy). Your body needs food to give you the energy to survive the day. Deprive yourself of too many calories and you will feel more sleepy, irritable, and unable to focus. This time of year is stressful enough. Don't add to it. Stay energized; eat more!
I know that you've heard this before, but this is the best time to put it to the test, eat more frequently and eat smaller portions. Here's an example
1) Light breakfast with protein
2) Snack - fruit
3) Lunch -lean protein
4) Snack (I love string cheese)
... and hydrate. Drink as much water as you can. It will help you feel full and it will flush away fat and toxins and Dr. Oz, says it will quench cravings.