So this time of year it’s easy to pack on a few pounds. Everywhere you look, there are homemade candies and cookies. Not to mention all the holiday parties with all the food and adult beverages. Plus, that Santa guy is around so much, he just makes you want to be fat and jolly. So how do you survive without gaining weight? Here are a few tips…
- Don’t try to lose weight between Thanksgiving and New Years. Maintaining your current weight should be a goal…it will be hard enough just to do that!
- Set aside 10-15 minutes, 3-4 days a week to exercise. I’m not talking about going for a walk or getting on the treadmill for an easy jog. In order to get the most out of the short amount of time that you have, do some quick intervals. Such as jumping jacks, burpees, running in place, quick push-ups, quick squats, mountain climbers, etc. Do these repeatably for 10-15 minutes with only about 20 seconds rest between each. Burns lots of calories (6 times more than aerobic exercise).
- Don’t over-indulge. It’s easy to go back for a second or third helping when everything tastes so good, but try and limit yourself to one plate full.
- While filling up your plate, make smart choices. Eat only your favorite foods and don’t stuff yourself with things that you can do without.
- Save some room for a dessert. Don’t eat until you are stuffed. If you are eye-balling a piece of pie or a gingerbread cookie, leave some room for it…try to avoid that feeling of being uncomfortably full.
- Going crazy at one or two meals over the course of the holidays is ok. If you want to go all out on Christmas dinner or if the food at your work party is the best thing you’ve ever tasted…go ahead and eat. One large meal won’t make you gain weight…just go light at the next few meals after your indulgence.
Most importantly, enjoy the holidays…knowing that come January 1st, you are going to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis. If you limit yourself now and don’t enjoy any holiday sweets, it will make eating healthy in January harder.