Holiday Health: 7 Ways to Help You Prevent Weight Gain Over the Holidays
With all the parties, food gifts, chocolates, cookies, candy baskets, special cocktails, it’s challenging to not gain weight during the holidays. Who better to turn to than the experts at CompleteBody gyms who are based in NYC. *(I wish I had that nice a gym to go to.. but then again, if I were dealing with NYC cold, I might turn into a human popsicle. hmmm I wonder if I would lose weight that way?)
Decide in advance which are the important parties/meals at which to indulge, and which are the ones where you could stick to a more strict diet. If you’re going to a holiday dinner at your mother’s and you KNOW she’ll complain if you don’t try everything, then that one’s a priority right there. But at office parties you can get away without eating so much or drinking too much. You might consider skipping some events if you believe you are likely to slip.
Stick to your workout routine, do not miss even one, and make sure you are burning calories. If necessary – if you know you will consume a high amount of calories, or have already done so – increase your fitness routine to burn even more calories. Make your cardio sessions longer, and/or add sets or weight exercises.
3. Portion Control
It’s ok to try almost everything at the holiday meal. Just make sure you eat little portions so you get a taste but keep the caloric number down. If you need to eat less earlier in the day in order to leave extra room (calorie room, that is), then do that – but don’t starve yourself, because if you do, you are likely to binge at the dinner. In fact, it’s better to eat healthy snacks in between meals to keep your metabolism going and to prevent showing up hungry to a holiday meal. Healthy choices could be vegetable stick, a handful of nuts, or a cup of low-fat yogurt.
4. Pick and Choose
There are usually many options at the parties and holiday dinners you will attend. Scan the offerings and choose what you will eat. Consider bringing your own healthy choice, in order to have an alternative. Choose a main course and a couple of sides, and a dessert (just one), and remember portion control.
This one is very important.
Limit the amount of alcohol you consume during the holiday season, for a number of reasons. Alcohol causes low blood sugar levels and dehydration, leading to an increase in appetite – the last thing you want when standing in front of a myriad of desserts. Many alcoholic drinks themselves are high in calories – particularly the specialty holiday drinks. Lastly, you are more likely to make smart decisions with a clear head, and slip when using cloudy, alcohol-fueled judgment…
6. Keep a food log.
If you don’t already do that,
consider you should definitely start writing down everything you consume during the holiday season. Truly write down everything you eat, including alcohol, snacks, cookies. Don’t try and eye-ball that latte or that amount of cheese. Buy a postal or food scale and WEIGH and measure (measuring spoons and cups) anything you are about to put in your mouth. You are more likely to skip on temptations if you’re writing everything down. The measuring will stop you dead in your tracks as well.
7. Drink plenty of water.
It will help you feel full, it will help with digestion, and it will help with not getting too tipsy on alcohol and making bad food decisions.
Thank you to Complete Body for an on-target article about how to stay on track for the holidays. You don’t have to go into complete deprivation– just be more vigilant. WALK, exercise, do something during the commercials. It’s NOT easy but it can help prevent you from gaining 10 pounds during the holidays.
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