How to avoid holiday weight gain
Worried that the festive season will derail your fitness plans? You’re not alone. Luckily, here is all the need-to-know info, so you can fit into your favorite jeans come January!
Between the Christmas parties and family feasts, the holidays can be a tough time for weight loss. Dropping a few pounds during the month of December is an unrealistic goal for most people. Your best attitude may be to focus on maintaining. This way, you won’t get frustrated and completely throw in the towel on healthy eating if the number on the scale isn’t changing.
Avoid an all-or-nothing approach
Many people assume surviving the holiday season unscathed by weight gain is not even possible, so they completely put their smart-eating habits on hold until after the new year. Bad idea! Instead, embrace the 80/20 mentality — eat well 80 percent of the time, and indulge about 20 percent of the time. When it comes to those holiday dinners, load up your plate with the healthier choices (like salad, lean protein, and veggies), and leave only a little room for the more decadent foods. You can still enjoy a slice of Christmas pudding… Just don’t have it morning, noon, and night!
Take advantage of winter activities. Go sledding, ice skating, skiing.. Throw on a fitness DVD, or just dance around in your living room to the tune of “Jingle Bell Rock.” Bottom line: Don’t be a couch potato all season long.
Drink a LOT of water. Otherwise, you might mistake thirst for hunger and consume a needless number of calories! Dehydration can also cause you to get cranky, leading to poor food decisions. None of this is good when you’re dealing with holiday-season stresses and temptations!
Don’t skip meals
Bypassing breakfast or lunch leading up to a big feast is a common mistake. You might think it’s a good idea to “save your calories for a big meal,” but you’re basically setting yourself up for failure. Skipping meals will just leave you feeling famished by the time dinner hits the table. And it’s much harder to make smart choices when hunger gets the best of you. So eat a satisfying breakfast and a light lunch. Just do it! And chew it!
There are two reasons to take it easy with the alcohol during the holiday season. First of all, the drinks themselves often pack tons of empty calories. ..A single cup of your average eggnog has over 400 calories and 20 grams of fat! What else? Getting buzzed only makes you more likely to give into the temptation of truffles, cheese platters, and more. Resisting the urge to go nuts with those is hard enough!
With having more time on your hand, it is the perfect time to get back into fitness; so you can fit into your favourite jeans come January!