We all love the holidays. The weather, seeing all of your distant relatives, and the food. We all looove the food. But what we don’t love is the weight we gain from eating all that delicious holiday food. Losing weight or trying to stay the same size is tremendously hard during the holiday season. On average holiday weight gain is 1 pound. Although, it’s just 1 pound studies found that the extra pound doesn’t go away. No worries though here are 5 helpful tips that will keep you staying slim while stuffing your face.
1. Walk More: Walk a little further than you normally do in your routine. Walking is one of the easiest ways to burn extra weight. 20 minutes of walking can burn over 100-150 calories, equal to a cookie or soda in calories. Walking in the mall is also a great way to lose those extra pounds. So get out there and Black Friday shop! You’ll thank yourself later!
2. Drink water: Water is naturally going to help you avoid eating as much because it fills you up. Try drinking a large glass of water 20-30 minutes prior to having a big plate of food. Most people confuse hunger with dehydration but, if you drink a glass of water that will often take care of the food hunger. Drinking more water is NOT skipping a meal! Just a good way to work through temptation.
3. Dance to your favorite holiday music: Dancing can burn more than 200 calories in just 30 minutes! For a more energetic dance workout find some holiday songs that make you us your arms. Even get you family involved with dancing, you’ll lose those pounds in no time.
4. Watching What You Eat: Fill your plate with lean meats (turkey, ham, lamb, etc.) and freshly cooked vegetables (green beans instead of green bean casserole). Pick two of your “cheat foods” and put half that on your plate. Vow NOT to go back for seconds! Save the best for last. Keeping fit doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in holiday goodies. Eat the salads, veggies and fruits first, you will less likely want to stuff your face sweets.
5. Be Consistent: Be Consistent! Don’t give up! You got this!
6. Stay Active: Some days you won’t be able to watch what you eat, or be able to exercise. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk the long way home instead of taking the shortcut. Go for a walk with friends if it’s nice out. Every little bit adds up to keep fit and keep the holiday pounds off.
The goal is to maintain you current weight and consider yourself a success if you make it to January without any extra pounds. Whatever your holiday tradition is make this years the year you don’t gain that extra weight. Make it a priority to stay active, eat smart but, still have fun with your family. You got this! Have faith in yourself! Happy Holidays.