The holidays are a time of joy, love, and happiness spent with our loved ones and friends. With the holidays also comes indulgent meals, lots of sugar, and happy cocktails.
It’s no surprise that many of us reach the New Year with an extra 8 pounds. The holiday season may not be the time to start a weight-loss or new exercise program. Holiday indulgence does not have to destroy your healthy lifestyle.
Don’t wait until the holiday season is over – 50% of people who make New Year’s resolutions will probably fail. I am not a fan of New Years Resolutions for just that reason. I tell my clients that it is difficult to lose weight this time of year; focus on not gaining.
My tips to avoid holiday weight gain:
Tip #1. Don’t worry about “what you are eating” rather how much. Portion control tastes much better than sacrificing and not having your favorite slice of pie. Add in two glasses of water before meals, and you probably will eat less.
Tip #2. Eat mindfully; in other words, pay attention to how hungry or full you are during the meal. And eat slowly and savor every bite.
Tip #3. Drop the “do not” eat list. The holidays are busy and stressful; set attainable goals that you can meet. For example, if you usually make protein shakes for breakfast, choose a more uncomplicated strategy like giving up sugary drinks during the holidays.
Tip #4. Offset the extra calories you may consume with movement. Keep it realistic. Don’t try to add extra days at the gym; exercise at home, go out for a walk and clean the house. Just avoid excess sitting. Adding more movement in your day will eventually add to your healthier lifestyle. I often use my rower to burn those calories and get a great workout.
Tip #5. Don’t expect perfection. It is ok to miss a day of exercise; just don’t let it lead to months of missing exercise. Enjoy a festive drink and eat your favorite holiday foods. Try and offset the no-so-healthy choices with movement.
According to new research, fitness trackers help boost your motivation and lead to increased daily activity and consistent workouts. I’m never without mine – I track my daily activity, workouts, heart rate, sleep, etc. Fitness trackers give you an insight into your health and fitness. Get yours or buy one for a loved one. You won’t regret it.
Whatever you do during this holiday, enjoy yourself. Savor the moments, enjoy the laughter and the delicious tastes that are part of the holiday season. Food is part of the tradition and creates memories for years to come.