How to avoid the inevitable holiday weight gain. Your guide to maintaining, not gaining through 7 quick tips!
The holidays are quickly approaching! We have two things to think about. Gifts and what to eat! If you haven’t already, check out the gift guides for moms, guys, and foodies below!
Next is figuring out how to stay on top of healthy eating during the holidays. Let me start by saying that I 100% believe that you should enjoy the holidays and the tastes of the season. But, for those with health & fitness goals, staying in control and avoiding holiday weight gain can happen! These 7 simple steps can help you to stay on course.
1. Bust a Move Daily
Commit to 30 minutes of exercise per day. Anything to get your blood flowing and get those endorphins moving will keep you feeling energized! Sometimes its all about finding a group of fit friends to keep you moving towards your goals. If you need accountability, I can help! You can message me here.
2. Follow the 80/20 rule
Don’t expect perfection. You won’t be able to eat according to your meal plan all of the time. Planning your indulgences during events and parties should help you focus on your goals and healthy eating most of the time.
3. Stay hydrated
Make sure you aim for drinking enough water throughout the day. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is about 11.5 cups for women.
4. Keep an eye on your drinks
Alcohol can be a sneaky source of calories and sugar which can lead to overconsumption of calories very quickly.
5. Taste everything
Don’t limit yourself or make food “off limits.” Rather than taking a large portion of all of the food available at a party, take a smaller portion of each. That way you can taste everything without overindulging.
6. Don’t skip meals
Going to a party hungry is not a good idea! Don’t skip meals to “make room” for later meals. Fill up on veggies and protein prior to parties or events so that you are able to make good food choices and keep your portions in control.
7. Make a plan
If you have a plan of what you’ll eat, exercise, and indulge, then you can have 100% enjoyment and freedom in the season. You can focus on the party, friends and family, and making magical memories instead of feeling bad about what you are eating!
So tell me friends! How do they holidays usually go for you? Are you able to stay in control of your portions and eating or do you struggle?
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