The holiday season starts next week and I don’t know about you but I am terrified.  I’m mostly terrified because I know that it’s a slippery slope.  I know it’s only one day, and a lot of people on Weight Watchers won’t be counting or worrying about portion sizes.  But I know myself and I know that I can’t not keep tracking.  I have to keep doing what I have been doing, even though it’s the holidays.  That doesn’t mean I can just let go of all the progress I have had these past 5 months.

So what do you do when you trying to lose weight and still enjoy the holidays?  This guide will include a few tricks and resources to help you handle the holidays on Weight Watchers (it can be done!).

Apple Sausage Cranberry Stuffing

Use a small plate

This might sound silly to you, but I will be using a small plate while I am giving everyone else the bigger plate.  This will help me still eat all the foods I love without having to feel guilty.  Or too guilty.

Eyeball portion sizes

If you are using a smaller plate, you still probably need to keep your portions in check.  I know you are probably tired of hearing about it, but you need to check those portion sizes.  Especially if you are Southern like I am and butter is considered a side dish on it’s own.  Even if you aren’t Southern, you probably need to measure those portions as much as you can (hello casseroles) and be mindful of what you are eating.

Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole

Use ramekins

If all else fails and you are still worried about overeating, use ramekins.  I bought mine at World Market for about $2/piece.  They are big enough where I feel full, but not too big where I could get in trouble.  I can still eat all the foods I love and just control my portions through ramekins.  But this option isn’t that great for groups (you know, the uncle with the wandering eye and the weird looks you might get) and might make you look like someone who is watching their weight.

I was totally going to use this method for Thanksgiving until my mom pointed out how funny it might look to have my plate full of ramekins when everyone else’s plates were going to be filled with delicious side dishes and traditional recipes.



  1. I’m really nervous about it because I know I can’t take the day off. Some people can do that, but it becomes a downward spiral for me if I do that. Portion sizes are so important – and something I will be very aware of this year. Gotta keep up the hard work.

  2. The holidays have to be an incredibly tough time to diet. I have no self-control when it comes to the mashed potatoes, haha. Portion sizes are always a struggle!

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