5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

           The Holiday season is upon us.  Bring on the office parties, rejoicing around party platters, and enjoying the all American game of football.  With all of our holiday celebrations we add tons of calories to our daily nutrition, and usually slack of on our exercise routine this undoubtedly leads to adding extra pounds when we ring in the New Year.  I’m going to give you 5 holiday tips to avoid gaining any weight this holiday season.  We are going to break the holiday weight gain cycle once and for all.  On average we will gain anywhere from 3-10 pounds over the holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the bad thing about this weight gain is we usually do not lose it.  Even if it is just an extra pound that you don’t lose year after your year your weight climbs up.
            The holidays can be a very stressful time; it is extremely challenging to balance all of our responsibilities, and still find time to exercise regularly.  Keeping your weight in check during the holidays is all about moderation and consistency.  Be conscience of the amount of calories you are consuming and the amount of exercise you are getting.  Indulge yourself, but use restraint and don’t go overboard.  Here are 5 tips to keep the pounds off during the holidays
  1. Exercise regularly:  Even if you don’t have time to get to the gym, it is imperative that you get some form of exercise in everyday.  It can be as simple as going for a brisk 30-45 minute walk or taking advantage of your 15 minute work breaks to climb the stairs or walk.  Whatever it is do something everyday.
  2. Calorie Control:  Cut out all unnecessary calories, especially in the form of beverages.  Drink plenty of water, and limit yourself to only one higher calorie meal per day, it does not matter if that is breakfast, lunch or dinner, but use moderation.  Keep your serving sizes reasonable, and only eat until you are satisfied.
  3. Avoid Sugar:  Limit yourself to one sweet or dessert per day.  During the holiday season sweets are all around, and they add a lot of extra calories to our diet.  Remember that one bit tastes the same as a whole piece of pie or cake, so if you just can’t resist than resort to just taking a bit.
  4. Plan:  Plan out your nutrition and exercise on paper in advance the night before you start your next day.  If you map it out you will be more likely to stick to it.
  5. Stay Motivated:  Don’t lose your focus, and give into the all or nothing effect.  Remind yourself daily that your goal over the holiday season is to maintain or lose weight, and set your mind to achieving that.  Don’t beat yourself up over one bad eating or exercise day, make the next day better.
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             This holiday season choose to be abnormal and not gain any holiday weight, then you can start the New year off not with setting a weight loss goal or fitness goal, but instead elect to be consistent with your eating and fitness routine and aim to be the fittest and healthiest you can be.  Instead of setting short term fixed goals like fitting into your skinny jeans, or getting six pack abs.  Set limitless goals for long term success like feeling good and confident with your body, or staying fit so I can be active, and hike, walk, or play with your kids and not be out of breath or in pain.

 

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