Avoid the Holiday Bulge!
5 Easy Steps to Avoid the Need for A New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution
We all know the holidays are coming up. We get so busy planning and checking things off of our lists to make sure things go smoothly and cheerfully! One major plan that seems to be lacking for Americans is how to not gain weight during the holidays. One article stated that the average American gains 7-12 pounds over this wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, this leaves people feeling not too great going into the new year and desperately not only trying to lose the weight they wanted to before the holidays, but now they want to lose even more weight because of the holiday food bonanza!
Here are some easy steps to take during this holiday season the help avoid packing on those unwanted pounds.
1) Drink more water every day. I know this sounds simple and boring, but most people are dehydrated because of all the coffee and soft drinks we drink every day. This habit leads to your body feeling thirsty, which most people mistake for hunger.
2) Exercise!! This one is a given. If we are going to take in more calories per day for the next several weeks, then we must combat that with calorie expenditure! Try to find some type of activity that you enjoy to keep you motivated and wanting to do it every day. This can be a new group fitness class or finding a workout buddy as well.
3) Cut back on meals the day of the feasts. The average calorie consumption for a Thanksgiving Day meal is 7,100 calories! Wow. Plan ahead when you know you have a party coming up, and cut back on the snacks and meals leading up to the big indulgence. This is an easy way to lessen the calories consumed by about 500 calories.
4) Avoid late night snacking. The later snacks and meals are consumed, the less likely you will burn them off before you go to bed. As a general rule, try to limit the amount of sugar and carbohydrates after 7pm. These calories consumed late at night become energy that our body will not use and will be more readily stored as fat, and we don’t want that.
5) Eat what you like. Don’t take away all of the things you love or else you may dread the holidays, and you will go crazy. Instead, know what you love and don’t try everything on the menu. This is a habit that I will be implementing this holiday season, as I am known for having some of everything, as well as lots of pumpkin pie!!
Good luck this holiday season. Don’t add more pounds to next year’s resolution!!
Lead Ortho-Kinetics® Trainer/Therapist