7 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

7 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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!

Guys gift guide
Moms gift guide
Foodie gift guide

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

The holidays have just started so its not too late!  But, if you find yourself needing a detox after the holidays, join my free post-holiday detox event!

Join free post-holiday detox event!

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?

Holiday Weight Gain and 7 ways to avoid holiday weight gain by Pennsylvania blogger Lyndsey of Momma Fit Lyndsey // maintain not gain // how to lose holiday weight gain // how to not gain weight during the holidays //

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34 thoughts on “7 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

  1. Excellent advice! I love that you emphasize tasting everything, planning indulgences, and loading up on veggies and protein before a party. It’s so much easier to strive for balance than to try to stick to a very restrictive plan. And when we skip meals, forbid ourselves a few indulgences, and so on, it often leads to binge eating or other bad eating habits that may carry over several days or even weeks.

  2. These are all really great tips and so practical! Over everyday and stay hydrated ate ones I always try to follow. I also really liked your advice to try everything and the 80/20 rule. Really simple ways to indulge without going overboard!

  3. Great tips! I totally agree with them. I wasn’t very successful in this category over Thanksgiving, but going to try and turn it around for the rest of the holidays!

  4. I love the 80/20 plan. This was the first time I heard of it, but it makes a lot of sense. And I totally agree with the staying active part! This is a great list! Thanks for spreading ideas on how to stay healthy!

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