It is estimated that the average American gains an average of 5-10lbs in two short months. The easily gained weight takes people months to lose, if they lose it at all. Lots of the time the holiday bulge contributes to the steady increase in weight for adult Americans. How can you stay on track during this feasting frenzy time of year and avoid the holiday BULGE???
Lucky13Fitness’s Top 5 Tips for Beating the Holiday BULGE:
1) Keep up the good habits. If you are in the routine of going to the gym, or seeing a trainer, KEEP IT UP. Do not throw this important time to the wayside just because your social calendar is filling up. Maintain your appointments; make a promise to a friend to meet at the gym, and keep exercise a regular part of your routine. And if you’re not, START it up! Get a friend or family member to drag you along with them for their workouts!! OR Contact Lucky13Fitness: email@example.com and you will be on your way to success!
2) Plan ahead. This is a huge benefit year round, but is especially crucial at the holidays. Parties will undoubtedly be full of calorie-laden temptations but you can offset some of this by planning out healthy meals for all the rest of the days. Be SPOT ON with your nutrition during the week, and any other time you have control over what you eat. This will allow you a little “wiggle room” when you’re at an event or party.
3) Hang out AWAY from the appetizers. Don’t plant yourself in front of the cheese, crackers, spinach & artichoke dip, wings, etc and expect to resist temptation. Instead, make a small plate consisting mostly of veggies and a few treats, and WALK AWAY from the hors d’oeuvres.
4) Alternate alcoholic drinks with water. If you choose to indulge with a glass of wine, have a few glasses of sparkling water afterward. You’ll stave off the urge to refill your wine glass and this cuts MAJOR calories.
5) Pick ONE “treat” item per event. If you choose to splurge on a glass or 2 of wine, omit the rich desserts. If you want a cup of eggnog, pass on the pie. Rather than deny yourself every treat, have one small serving and eat/drink it slowly. Enjoy it!!!!
The holidays are supposed to be a happy, fun time for all. Celebrating with delicious food and drink is most certainly a part of that, and should not be sacrificed. Enjoy in moderation; savor every bite; and know when to stop!