Guest post by: Fares Saad Professional Fitness Coach at Healthy Lifestyle
The holidays are one of the toughest times of year when it comes to your nutrition plan.
We have holiday parties, temptations at the office and who knows what else to deal with.
That being said, you do NOT have to just accept the fact that you are going to pack on the fat during the holidays. I hear a lot of people talking this way and it blows my mind!
They say – “oh I’ll just burn off the calories I ate at the party last night in today’s workout” (nice try – not going to happen) or “there’s nothing I can do … I’ll just start fresh in 2015″ (not true).
But you can be tougher if you follow these tips
1- Be realistic
Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.
2- Never go with an empty stomach
Never go to a party or for shopping while you’re hungry. This will only cause you to eat more throughout the night. Try to have a small snack before attending so you aren’t ravenous when you arrive.
3- Don’t skip your workouts
Most people have a little extra time available over the holiday season when they are not at work. Take this opportunity to hit the gym and exercise. This will help to burn off the excess calories and fat consumed over this period.
4- Stock up on healthy snacks
When you go shopping, be sure to pick with you some healthy snacks like fresh or dried fruits, sports bars and raw nuts.
5- Eat until you are satisfied
Don’t eat until you’re stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.
6- Drink plenty of water
Many people believe that mild dehydration may feel like hunger and the best way to avoid becoming dehydrated to drink plenty of water. You can also use water to slow down your eating by taking a sip or two between bites. Wine and cocktails can be a lot of fun, but they can also cause a lot of problems for your waistline. Have a glass or two of water before you start drinking alcoholic beverages, and have one in between drinks to slow down your alcohol consumption as well.
7- Act like an accountant
If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is impossible to gain weight from one piece of cheese cake!
8- Be careful with Desserts
There is no one that will tell you to give up desserts at holidays. Desserts are a huge part of what make the season so amazing. But consuming too much of anything is a bad thing. First of all, if you know you’re going to be parked at the dessert table, modify the rest of your menu. Load up on the lighter foods like your grilled vegetables, and salads.