Yes, the holidays are here again. Your schedule has all of a sudden gotten busier. Holiday treats and holiday parties are in full effect. Are you afraid of gaining weight this holiday season? The average weight gain between November and January is 5- 10 pounds. The “old” you would gain weight this time of the year. But the “new” you is going to break that tradition! Here are easy tips to avoid the holiday weight gain and look merry and bright in that holiday outfit.
- Track what you eat – Log on to myfitnesspal.com on your computer or smart phone to keep record of what you ate. This will also help you hold yourself accountable for every single calorie.
- Bring and share a healthy dish – If you are going to a holiday party, bring your own healthy dish to share such as a veggie tray, fruit tray, or salad.
- Mingle – Do not hover over the food spread at a holiday party, this tempt you to eat much more than needed. Instead, mingle and talk to other party guests
- Pack healthy snacks – Always bring your own healthy snacks whether you are Christmas shopping or at work. You will be less tempted to eat the sweet treats at the mall or cookies the cookies in the break room
- Drinks – Watch your drink consumption if you are going to have an alcoholic, have one glass of red wine. Most red wines contain melatonin, an anti-oxidant, which means it has anti-aging and cancer preventative properties.
- Water – Stay hydrated, it will help curb your appetite and you are less likely to overeat.
- Do not skip meals – Just because you had a big holiday party lunch does not mean you can skip dinner. This will slow down your metabolism. Continue to eat every two and a half to three hours.
- Workout – Keep your workouts on your schedule, even if you only have 20 minutes, it is better than not working out at all.
- Keep your goals in mind – Remember the weight loss or fat loss goals that you want to achieve. Or remember the holiday outfit that you want to show off and look your best.