How to Prevent Weight Gain During the Holidays

how to prevent weight gain during the holidays

Happy Holidays! There are so many wonderful things about this time of year: Spending time with friends and family, eating delicious foods, and attending fun holiday parties. But with the good comes the bad: All of this socializing and party hopping means less time for working out, being tempted more often by unhealthy foods, and less time for exercise. The good news is that you can have your 1 sliver of cake and eat it too!

If you’re one of the many people wondering how to prevent weight gain during the holidays I have some handy dos and don’ts you can follow in order to maintain your weight and your fitness routine while still enjoying the season.

  • DO Keep track of what you’re eating. Failing to keep track of your food intake is the biggest mistake you can make during the holidays. You don’t have to log everything, but just make sure you’re mindful of what you’re eating so that you don’t overdo it on a handful of nuts here, a second helping there, and too many glasses of wine on top of all the heavy foods you have at your big meal.

  • DO drink a glass of water and have about a 150-calorie snack before the party. This will ensure that you don’t arrive at a party starving so that you can prevent overeating.

  • DO fill your plate with the healthiest foods first, then choose half a palmful of 1-2 high calorie foods that you simply cannot live without. Why splurge on foods that don’t rock you boat? Save those splurges only for foods that you LOVE.

  • If you’re drinking alcohol, DO sip water between cocktails to reduce the calories and to pace yourself so you don’t lose track of what you’re drinking.

  • A great rule of thumb for every party is to talk and socialize AWAY from the buffet table. Out of sight, out of mind!

  • DON’T, under any circumstance, let yourself skip a workout just because you’re short on time. You can save time by combining a simultaneous lower body and an upper body move during your workout. Adding HIIT intervals and plyometrics to your workouts will burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. If you’re having trouble figuring out a decent workout in a time crunch, even a 10-minute walk at the beginning and at the end of your day is better than nothing!

  • DO factor in that even the small efforts count: Take the stairs, park farther away, and add time to your cardio.

  • DO bring a healthy dish to the party that you know you like. You’ll be able to enjoy yourself while still making sure you have at least one healthy item on your plate.

  • DON’T give up! The temptation can be excruciating at times, but you can’t dismiss a diet and exercise routine that you’ve worked so hard on! Giving in completely will make you have even more work to do when the holidays are over and you’re back to your normal workout routine. YOU have the ability to make the choice to not let this happen!

The key to staying healthy is to keep yourself accountable during the holiday season. Don’t throw the towel in and do nothing just because you can’t do as much as you normally do. What are your biggest fitness roadblocks during the holiday season? Do you have any tips that work well for you? Leave them in the comments below and share this post with your friends! Happy Holidays!

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