The holiday bulge, bloat, and flab are things of yesteryear. Ghosts of the past that will vanish for good this year...
Imagine finally surviving the holidays without putting on weight. You’ll no longer be part of the thousands who gain more than 10 pounds in the few shorts months between Halloween and Christmas.
And come January — for once — your new year’s resolutions won’t center around getting back in shape and undoing all the harm you did to your body during the holiday hustle.
The truth is you worked your tail off to strut your stuff this year, and holiday gatherings filled with friends, family, and strangers are the best time to dress to impress. No loose clothes, no sneaking away to eat in private, and no more avoiding pictures (or hiding in the back).
Feast your eyes on our top tips to help you survive the holiday hustle without packing on the pounds!
The holidays are a time to get boozy with friends and family. But the hangover isn’t the only thing detrimental to your health. Alcohol inhibits activity and encourages weight gain. Here’s a few wise words regarding the booze: Choose wine over beer and light beer over dark beer. Mix cocktails with tonic water or coconut water. Or, skip the alcohol altogether … water always wins.
I won’t bore you with the science of water. The simple fact is you need more of it, especially as you consume extra calories and tip back a drink or 3. For every alcoholic beverage you have, slam a water. And for every meal or snack you prepare to devour, pair it with at least one glass of H20
Skip meals, save calories? The logic makes sense, but it never works like that. Skipping a meal sets you up to hit the holiday spread hungry. Just as you should never grocery shop on an empty stomach, you should never head to a food-filled gathering with your tummy growling. Instead, eat something (healthy, of course) before the party. I want you to fill up fast so you don’t overindulge.
If you have the pleasure of preparing a dish around the holidays, do your part to make it healthy. No, you don’t have to bring a veggie tray (though, I’d encourage it). But, make some wise decisions with simple ingredients swaps. Google can help you, or you can take a quick look at this blog. 100% whole wheat bread instead of white bread, roasted meat over fried options, and my personal favorite, greek yogurt instead of sour cream, are just a few examples.
If you love a certain dish so much, why not have it twice? Instead of filling up to the point of food coma, bring some leftovers home. Sure, you’re still gonna eat a ton of calories, but you’re spreading out your meals. This gives your body time to both burn calories and signal that it’s full. Or, you can eat until you burst and ruin your favorite dishes forever. Your choice :).
When it comes to holiday feasts, sugar and carbs are the villians, and protein and fiber are the heroes. Why? Protein and fiber fill you up. Sound simple? It is. Seek out dishes that have both. Protein is found in lean meats, seafood, eggs, and beans. Lentils and veggies will give you your fiber fix. Hit these dishes first … before you attempt to fill up on empty calories (Hint: empty calories won’t make you feel full — that’s why we can’t stop eating them).
Burning calories is the name of the game when you know you’re going to indulge a bit. If you’re not sticking to your usual fitness routine, get creative to keep your calories in check. Toss the pigskin, run around with the kids, take the stairs, etc. Repeat after me: Every calorie counts.
Hanging near the food is what I consider wrong place, wrong time. You can’t resist temptation if it’s in eye sight. “I don’t want any cookies,” said noone ever :). Get strategic with where you stay by stepping away from the spread when you sit down to eat. The further you are from the food, the more likely you are to play it safe.
I’ll be honest: These words can only do so much for you. If you really want to go all-in on your health this holiday season, you need a heaping plate of accountability. The best way to get some? Hire a coach. It’s better to go at as a team, then go at it alone. Your coach will support, motivate, education, and of course, hold you accountable throughout the holiday season. Combat temptation with a coach.
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