7 Secrets To Avoid Holiday Pounds

December 7, 2015

 

If you’re like most people, the holidays can be a time of mixed emotions. You’re excited and anxious to spend time with friends and family, but deep down you’re dreading the extra weight that you know you’re bound to gain. Are these holiday pounds inevitable?

Lean in close to catch these seven secret ways to help you fend off extra weight through the holidays. And once you’re done, don’t keep it a secret. Go tell somebody!

Holiday Secret #1: Listen to Your Body

You know your body is constantly telling you things. You just need to talk to practice listening with more mindfulness. Sometimes it tells you to stop a certain activity before you get hurt. During the holiday season, it tells you to put the brakes on your eating/drinking before you go beyond the point of no return. When your body tells you it’s full, listen up! A single bite after you’re full will lead to extra calories and eventually, extra pounds.

Holiday Secret #2: Confine the Holidays

For some, the holidays become weeks and even months of poor eating. Be careful to avoid this pitfall by digging into your holiday foods only on the actual holiday. By all means have fun but treat the other days like normal days—even if you’re off of work. And when the holiday is over, let someone else take the leftovers home and go to your own house without any pudding, flan or cake in tow.

Holiday Secret #3: Eat First, Party Second 

You read right—it’s good to eat before heading out the door. Have a healthy, well-rounded meal at home with fruits, vegetables, and your protein source of choice. And drink a tall glass of water. Why? So when you get to that holiday party that is overflowing with cookies, cakes, candies, and calories, you’re not hungry. Your stomach is full of healthy goodness and has no room for the fattening stuff.

Holiday Secret #4: Plan Your Escape

Getting away from food isn’t easy. If you expect to be able to walk away from delicious thigh- and gut-growing hormonal foods without any forethought, think again. Before walking into a potentially fattening situation, plan out what you’re going to eat and take your own dish to share if necessary. Any time there is a particularly difficult eating situation, make plans an hour or so after the dangerous-to-your-diet event begins and excuse yourself. There are plenty of impressive dishes for you to take in the Sweat Nation recipe section.

Holiday Secret #5: Exercise Everywhere

One of the best excuses to gain weight is that you have to travel to visit family and don’t have access to your health coach. Well, guess what? Just because your coach isn’t staying in the hotel with you doesn’t mean you aren’t accountable! Scope out the area where you’ll be traveling and take advantage of whatever exercise opportunities are available. There may be a gym, pool, mountain, beach where you're at, a pay-as-you-go gym, or a nice park nearby where you can walk or run with or without family members are all great ideas. Pro tip: If you have access to heavy weights use the extra calories to build new muscle.

 Holiday Secret #6: Pay Attention to People

Holidays are about family and friends…right? Then stop focusing on food! When you go to a party, there is no need to hang out by the food table when there are people all around you! Ignore the grub and go for the meaningful stuff that you’ll remember and cherish. Besides, it’s much easier to talk without munching and you even listen better when you’re not stuck thinking about how good the next bite is going to be. Dance anyone? Be Present.

Holiday Secret #7: Drink Instead

No, this isn’t a license to drink as much alcohol as you can find. Doing that will add lots of useless calories, and probably end up in a massive headache. Instead, do your best to make friends with a glass of sparkling water everywhere you go. As you mingle with your bubbly glass, you’ll find it challenging to grab more than a couple of finger foods here and there, and the fact that it is water will help you remember to watch what else goes in your mouth, and looks like a drank.

Wouldn’t you love to make 2018 the year that you take more control? 

Wouldn’t it feel great to throw out all of your old unflattering clothes? To look forward to bathing suit season? To be given a clean bill of health? And to be showered with compliments by family, friends and that special someone? 

It’s all more possible than you think. The possibility of actually accomplishing this is enormous.

But you need to take action. Here's to your health, wealth and happiness!

 

  

 

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