Injecting the festive mood into your holidays can be just what you need after working so hard. So we’ve hung a few timely tips under the social mistletoe to keep you sane and without the gain!
Like most of us, you look forward to the winter holiday season to be with family and friends or head out on vacation to escape the cold weather. And like us, you want to be able to enjoy your break by taking in social events and entertainment. Problem is some aren’t always sure how to balance out pleasure with pace. With so much we want to do in such a small window of time, we often look back after the holidays and wonder how the heck we gained that mysterious 10lbs? Have no fear because we have a variety of timely tips to have you prepared a head of time, so you can indulge without the bulge this festive season!
Balance Is Key
No matter how you choose to celebrate, there are countless tips to suit your needs when it comes to staying on track with your nutrition and fitness goals. The key, as always, is balance in your approach. Check out or Festive 5 below…
1. Drink plenty of water. Though something everyone should do year round, doing so will actually help suppress your appetite and limit cravings over and above regular healthy meals and snacks.
2. Limit alcohol consumption. Remember that alcohol contains almost as many calories per gram as fat! Also, when choosing a mix, opt for soda water as tonic water is actually loaded with sugar!
3. Snack on fruits, vegetables and high-fiber foods whenever possible. Dried fruits are healthy and a good alternative to many sweet snacks such as cookies and candy.
4. Understand that you’re probably going to miss some workouts during this time and plan now to work around it. Schedule different times or substitute another activity, even if it’s at home.
5. Eat a nutritious meal or snack before you attend events or parties where there is a lot of food. Treat it as if going grocery shopping on a full stomach. You won’t be tempted as much if your tank is nearly full.
You don’t necessarily need to forgo some of your favorite festive goodies if you exercise a little portion control. Here’s five great tips to follow when size matters.
- Fill half of your plate with veggies. This will fill you more quickly and leave less room for higher calorie foods.
- Use familiar items in your mind to measure portions. While choosing meat, imagine a deck of cards. That will be about 3oz. For carbs like potatoes, for example, imagine a tennis ball.
- Go easy on gravies and sauces. Unknowingly to you, these generally hold considerable amounts of unwanted fat and calories.
- Start with a small serving and pace yourself. Enjoy the food and give it time to settle while sipping away on some water. This will help you feel more satisfied.
- Notice your body’s cues. When you begin to feel full, it’s time to stop.
Training Quick Tip:
You can’t offset poor food choices with extra ab crunches! Don’t get suckered in by thinking more ab exercises will cancel out your consumption of holiday treats because you cannot spot-reduce. You won’t feel guilty if you enjoy your treats while not going overboard.
Weight Loss Quick Tip:
Keep your goals in check! The holidays aren’t a free pass to chow down at will. Staying on track with your goals will offset the downward spiral of post-holiday depression caused by poor eating choices.
Enjoy the Holidays
Remember that a major key to building a healthy mindset towards nutrition and exercise in social situations or on vacation is that you MUST have a sensible approach. It’s ok to indulge, but exercising balance will be key in avoiding any post-holiday bulge!