7 Tips to Maintain Not Gain during the holidays

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Going to a few holiday parties and worried you’re going to leave with a few extra pounds? Here are some great tips to maintain your weight through your holiday feasting!

1.    Wear something tight fitting. Nothing worse than feeling bloated in a tight dress, am I right ladies? By wearing something loose fitted you will be more likely to keep eating because you have the ability to hide that 3rd serving belly bloat.  

2.    Eat well leading up to the party. The biggest mistake people make whether it’s before a holiday party or a night out drinking is to skip meals to save calories. When you starve yourself all day your body goes into starvation mode thinking it is never going to get food again. Then when you finally binge eat at the party because you are so hungry, your body’s survival instinct is to store the food as fat to protect your vital organs. Your better bet is to have a healthy snack every 2-3 hours leading up to the party to keep your metabolism going. Eating a snack high in protein will keep you satiated longer and will allow you to make smarter choices at the party because you are not starving.

3.    Don’t deprive yourself. It is the holiday; you are supposed to enjoy yourself! Have a small portion of a few different foods you have been dying to eat. You are more likely to binge if you deprive yourself of cravings. Pick a small portion of each of your favorite foods, put them on your plate and enjoy every bite. There is no need to count the number of times you chew because that takes the fun out of eating it. Relax and enjoy everything in portion!

4.    Drink lots and lots of water. Drinking water will keep you feeling fuller. Most people confuse thirst with hunger. Before reaching for that 3rd helping of cheesecake, try drinking some water first. Also water will help keep your metabolism working in full force.

5.    Get some exercise. Start your morning off with an interval workout or at least 30 minutes of cardio. Jumpstart your metabolism first thing in the morning so your furnace is burning all day long. Short on time? Try a HIIT workout:

3 sets of:

50 Jumping jacks

40 Air squats

30 Crunches

20 Push-ups

10  Burpees

6.    Move your body after your big meal.  A study published by the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2006 showed that short walks after a big meal reduced the amount of fat and triglyceride levels in the bloodstream (WebMd). It doesn’t have to be a walk, it can be any form of movement whether it’s dancing or playing with little cousins/kids.  

7.    Be a chatty Kathy. Instead of focusing on what food you’re going to pick at next, enjoy your time chatting and catching up with friends and family. You will forget all about the table of cookies behind you..maybe..

If you plan ahead it will make it a lot easier to enjoy your holiday. Don’t put pressure on yourself. Life is too short to worry. You will find that if you don’t put so much weight on yourself to eat healthy during the holidays you will stay on track (pun intended!). If you splurge more than you planned, it’s okay. Tomorrow is a new day and you can always get right back on track.

Eat good food, enjoy good company and have a wonderful holiday!!

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