With the holiday season underway, you may be thinking about how you’re going to get through without the typical 10 pound weight gain that most people experience.
At this time of year, there are goodies around every corner and it’s a massive test to your willpower.
Most people will indulge at least a few times, but the nature of these indulgences and their frequency are what will determine whether you’ll be starting the new year with a weight loss resolution.
Let’s go over a few of the top holiday season eating tips that you should remember so that you don’t see the weight gain most people do once Christmas wraps up.
Don’t Eat Standing
The first quick tip to remember with regards to holiday eating is that you should avoid eating while standing up. If you’re nibbling on food here and there, it’s going to really add up over time and in most cases, people won’t even realize that they’re actually eating.
It’s far too easy to stand there and snack while having a discussion with someone, so make it a general rule this holiday season that you can only eat if you’re sitting down at a table.
This will go a long way towards preventing mindless eating.
Bring Your Own Dish
Next, also make sure that you give some thought to bringing your own dish. If you’re going to a party where you know there will be many high calorie items being served, bring something healthy.
This way you know there will be at least one thing that you can feel good about eating and if you eat mostly it with the addition of a few other items, you should be able to keep your calorie level in check for the most part.
Plan Your ‘Cheats’
Finally, the last important thing to keep in mind as you go about the holidays is to make sure that you plan your cheats out wisely.
If you have two major Christmas parties to attend and know you’ll be indulging, plan for them.
Eat well the rest of the week leading up to them and then if you do indulge, it won’t be that big of a deal. If you can, try and shed a pound or so before the event and then you’ll really be ahead of the game.
Cyclic dieting like this – tightening up for a few days and then relaxing for a day or so, will help you maintain your weight as over time, calorie balance will be achieved.
Prevention is the best strategy and by losing weight before the event, you’ll do damage control before the weight is actually gained.
So there you have the most important points to remember as you go about the holiday season. Plan your diet wisely and there’s no reason that you need to begin the New Year with an intense diet to try and burn off everything you’ve just gained.
As you venture into the holiday season, stress may be rising with regards to how you’re ever going to get through all the different things that you have to do. You have a to-do list that feels never ending and getting to the gym just doesn’t seem all that possible.
If you want to get through the holidays with your weight intact however, it’s going to be important that you are making sure that you are trying to squeeze in fitness training as often as possible.
But, before you start feeling overwhelmed, consider the following tips. If you plan wisely, you can still maintain your fitness without it having to take up hours of your week.
Get Active Outdoors
The first tip to remember is to try and plan as many social gatherings doing outdoor activities as possible. For instance, rather than having people over for dinner, plan an afternoon of skiing.
Or, go out for a walk around the town, looking at all the Christmas lights and decorations.
Perhaps rather than meeting a friend for coffee to catch-up, you can do your Christmas shopping together.
All of these will help to increase your total daily calorie burn and get fitness into the equation.
The more activity you can incorporate into your day to day living, the less time you’ll have to devote to doing gym workouts.
Do A Full Body Plan
Second, when it comes to those gym workouts, if you’re not currently using a full body workout plan, now is definitely the time to switch over to one.
Full body workouts are great because they’ll work each and every muscle group in the body in just 30 minutes or so, and only require a minimum time commitment of two sessions per week.
That is just one hour total that you need to devote to the gym, which is something even the busiest of individuals should be able to do.
Full body workouts are also ideal for boosting your metabolic rate and helping you burn calories fast, so they’re great for preventing holiday weight gain.
Do Mini Workouts Throughout The Day
Finally, the last quick tip to remember is to try and get active throughout the day. Don’t get overwhelmed in feeling that you have to get to the gym for 45 minutes of cardio training.
Instead, break it up, doing 15 minute segments at various points during the day. Shorter sessions often feel far more doable for those with busy schedules and before you know it, you’ll have your three sessions in.
As an added benefit, the exercise added throughout the day will serve as an instant energy boost, so this can also make your day that much better as well.
So don’t abandon hope that you’ll maintain your fitness this holiday season. Instead, use smart strategies that allow you to stay on course and still see the results you’re after without taking away from all the fun holiday activities that you have planned.