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7 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

November 24, 2017

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Your guide to avoiding holiday weight gain through 7 quick tips!

The holidays are quickly approaching! I know when I go into the holidays with a plan it’s much easier to avoid holiday weight gain!

Figuring out how to stay on top of healthy eating during the holidays doesn’t have to be painful!  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.

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My Top Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Tip 1:  Bust a Move Daily – Move ya booty!

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 join my free fitness community on Facebook!

Tip 2:  Follow the 80/20 rule – moderation is key!

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.

Tip 3:  Stay hydrated – Drink that water!

Make sure you aim for drinking enough water throughout the day.  Healthline had a great resource about calculating how much water you should drink per day.

Tip 4:  Keep an eye on your drinks – they’re sneaky!

Alcohol can be a sneaky source of calories and sugar which can lead to overconsumption of calories very quickly.

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Tip 5:  Taste everything – seriously!

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.

Tip 6:  Don’t skip meals, ever!

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.

Tip 7:  Fail to plan – plan to fail!

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!

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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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  • Morgan

    November 24, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Such great tips! Totally needed!


      November 26, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      you’re welcome! thanks for reading!

  • Kyla Matton Osborne

    November 24, 2017 at 8:19 am

    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.


      November 26, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      you are so right!! I hate restriction!

  • Mary Leigh

    November 24, 2017 at 8:50 am

    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!


      November 26, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      exactly!! its OK to try everything 🙂

  • Renee

    November 24, 2017 at 8:51 am

    You’re a day too late! LOL JK…I’m trying, I’m trying. Yesterday was a walk instead of a run..but it’s better than nothing I suppose.


      November 26, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      hahah never too late!

  • Nita

    November 24, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Great Tips! Love em.. Thank you for sharing.


      November 26, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      you’re welcome! thanks for reading!

  • Karla Cruzado | The Wise Lark

    November 24, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you for these tips! Eating healthy is most challenging in this season!


      November 26, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      it really is a challenge!

  • Melissa

    November 24, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    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!


      November 26, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      I wasn’t super successful over thanksgiving either! we can do it! we completely got this!!

  • Gabrielle Reese

    November 25, 2017 at 1:31 am

    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!


      November 26, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      you’re welcome! hope the 80/20 plan works for you this season!

  • Emma

    November 25, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Awesome tips! I will have to try them out this year!


      November 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      hope they help!! thanks for reading 🙂

  • Jasmine Hewitt

    November 25, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    these are good tips-especially with alcohol. I think a lot of people forget that


      November 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      its so easy to!!! sometimes they have more calories than the food!

  • Becca

    November 25, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Such great tips, I’m definitely guilty of going a little overboard on the selection of holiday food! Thanks for this! 🙂


      November 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      me too!! its easy to do that’s for sure!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    November 25, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    These are great tips. I love the idea of the 80/20 so it feels like you have a little splurge every now and then.


      November 26, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      I agree!! it can’t be all the time or else you’d go crazy 🙂

  • danielle

    November 26, 2017 at 8:09 am

    These tips are perfect! I am always looking for reminders of how to stay on track.



      November 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      oh good! I’m so glad they helped!

  • Melanie

    November 26, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Excellent tips, thank you xx


      November 26, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      thank you for reading!

  • Francesca

    November 26, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I’m definitely going to need these tips heading into the holidays!


      November 26, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      glad they can help! thanks for reading!

  • Tamara Goyette

    November 27, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Needed these reminders of what I can do. This is something I am working on this holiday season.


      November 29, 2017 at 8:37 am

      you can do it!! I hope it helps. Thanks for reading!

  • Meg

    November 28, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I love your tip about allowing yourself to taste everything. It’s all about moderation, right?


      November 29, 2017 at 7:45 am

      moderation is key!!! that’s the only way to make it a lifestyle!

  • Marissa’s Teachable Moments

    December 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Great tips!! The hardest part for me is getting moving 30 minutes a day. I think I just need to start and get into a routine.


      December 14, 2017 at 7:08 am

      a routine will definitely help! I used have such a hard time doing it too but now I do a 25 minute workout everyday and its over before I know it!

  • Amy

    December 1, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    These are great tips! I’m so guilty of all of these, especially skipping meals and not watching my drinks. I go home and see family and friends who I don’t see all year so I overdo it with celebrating! I need to print these and take them with me.


      December 14, 2017 at 7:08 am

      I hope they help!!

  • Mihaela Echols

    December 1, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    yeah! I keep my water bottle,on me all the time, and for Christmas season we eat meals before we head out to parties so we dont eat as much sweets. we are also on a workout schedule.


      December 14, 2017 at 7:07 am

      love all of these tips!! it sounds like you have a really great routine down to stay in control!

  • Ellsworth

    December 2, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I am always searching online for tips that can benefit me. Thank you!


      December 14, 2017 at 7:07 am

      thank you for checking it out!

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