The holiday season is filled with wonderful things: festive parties, time with family and friends, holiday traditions, mountains of delicious treats, and hearty holiday meals. With all this excitement and yummy food to be had, it’s easy to find yourself putting on a few pounds. Especially being home and away from your everyday exercise routine and eating habits, holiday weight is all too easy to put on. But don’t worry, there are ways you can avoid getting that Santa Claus belly this holiday season. Check out this list of tips and tricks to help keep the weight off during the holidays this year.
Tip #1: Everything in Moderation
The delicious food offered during the holidays can be very tempting to overindulge in. People tend to gorge themselves on holiday treats because they feel like it’s a once-a-year occurrence. However, that doesn’t mean you need to stuff yourself like a holiday turkey.
When it comes to holiday meals and treats, remind yourself these foods are typically high in calories and you can still enjoy their taste by having the right portion of each. You can still get to delight your taste-buds with all your favorite treats without any of the guilt.
Similarly, when you’re away from the dinner table and are snuggled up with siblings to watch movies, don’t mindlessly reach for the chips and goodies. Instead, munch of nutritious snacks, like the ones offered by our healthy care packages.
Tip #2: Keep on Moving
Being home for the holidays makes it easy to get lazy. You’re exhausted from a semester full of hard work and just want to come home and relax while you’re on “vacation.” During such times, it’s all to tempting to forgo your normal workout routine in favor of lounging about.
When you’re home over winter break, try to stick to your everyday fitness routine as closely as you can; if you’re hunting for ideas, check out our six exercise facts post. If you usually go to the gym, try to find one at home that lets you buy a short term membership. If that’s not an option, opt for at home workouts instead. You can find routines online or purchase home fitness plans like P90X or Insanity. If you still find it hard to stick to these routines everyday, don’t worry; it happens to the best of us. However, still be sure to get 30 minutes of activity in at least 5 days a week. Take the dog for a walk, go holiday shopping and walk around the mall for a while, or get up and dance at holiday parties. As long as you keep yourself moving, you’ll keep the holiday weight off.
Tip #3: Bring Healthy Options to the Table
As you know, many times holiday dinners feature dishes packed with fat, carbs and sugars. Instead of indulging in these heavy entrees, offer to bring a lighter alternative to the table. In today’s increasingly health-focused society, there are plenty of recipes out there that offer healthier versions of commonly enjoyed dishes. Bringing one of these to your family dinner will allow you and others to enjoy the meal without taking in too many calories.
With the tempting indulgences and free time that the holiday season brings about, it’s very common to pack on a few pounds while you’re home for the holidays. By remembering the importance of portion sizes, you won’t have to worry about over indulging. Also, staying active and choosing healthier holiday alternatives will keep your weight down this holiday season. What will you be doing this holiday break to keep weight off? Let us know in the comments!
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