I want to give a big thanks to Maria from Huff and Buff and Two Belles Fitness for providing me with this fantastic guest post. Maria includes some great tips on how stay healthy this holiday season and avoid gaining all those unwanted pounds that seem inevitable during this time of year. You can also find Maria on Facebook and Twitter so be sure to stop by her blogs and Facebook page and say hi!!!
‘Tis The Season
Ghosts and Ghoblins. Turkeys and pumpkins. Trees and presents. These are some of the things that symbolize the holiday season. Then there is the Halloween candy, turkey and stuffing, Christmas cookies and pies. Estimates show that individuals gain anywhere from three to ten pounds during the holiday season. Here are some simple tips to help you not be part of the statistic this year:
Be Prepared. If you know you will be attending an event where there will not be a healthy food in sight, plan ahead and eat something before hand so you won’t be tempted to overindulge. If the event you are attending is a pot luck, bring a healthy meal to the event so you know you will have something available to enjoy.
Exercise. The formula for weight loss (or weight gain) is pretty simple it is a matter of calories in vs calories out. If you find yourself indulging a little too often this holiday season, increase your caloric output with exercise. Already exercising three times a week? Add in another session or two. Find more ways to add activity in your day: take the stairs, park further out in the parking lot when holiday shopping, go holiday shopping more often – all that walking and carrying heavy bags burns calories 😉
Exercise Portion Control. OK. Let’s be honest. Sometimes it is difficult to pass up the turkey or the stuffing or a decadent piece of pie. If you plan your calories strategically and exercise portion control, go ahead and enjoy a sliver of cake or a dollop of mashed potatoes and gravy. Just be sure to keep portions under control and not over indulge.
Eat Guilt-Free. With so many decadent treats everywhere you turn during the holiday season, you are bound to indulge at one point or another. And that’s OK. But do it consciously. Make a conscious decision to enjoy a holiday treat and not feel a moment of guilt. Feelings of guilt often spiral out of control and lead to bingeing or overeating. So don’t use the one cookie you eat as an excuse to eat a whole plate. Enjoy and move on.
What are your tips to stay healthy during the holiday season and avoid holiday weight gain?