It’s no secret that many people gain 5 – 15 pounds from November 1 – December 31st. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
For the past 4 years, I’ve developed a strategy that I teach my clients that help them avoid holiday weight gain. In fact, many of them lose weight during the holidays instead of gaining it!
Is it really possible to enjoy the holidays without adding on the pounds? You bet!
The goal here is to actually maintain your current weight.
Here are 3 of my top 10 tips to help you maintain your weight and avoid Holiday weight gain:
I encourage our clients to never skip workouts, especially around the holidays. It’s tempting to do so due to busy schedules, holiday parties, shopping, etc. But do your very best to get in at least 3-4 workouts a week.
These workouts don’t need to be structured either. Go for a speed walk for 20 minutes; follow along to an exercise video on Youtube; do a quick 15 minute HIIT workout at home; or come to Nerdy Girl Fitness.
Keep the intensity of your workouts high… meaning… make sure you sweat!
Don’t Go Hungry!
Many of us have learned, and practiced, the snafu of saving your calories for the holiday party or dinner with friends. I call this a snafu because we were taught wrong.
Never, ever, ever go hungry for the sake of saving calories for a larger meal at the end of the day.
Instead, what you want to do is practice clean eating up to the time you go to the party or dinner.
First, you’re setting yourself up to binge eat, which is never a good idea. Second, when you eat low calorie, or skip meals, your body goes into survival mode and will store everything you eat as body fat. So, even though you feel like your not eating as many calories, you’ll still gain body fat.
Aim for half your body weight in ounces a day at a minimum! And, when you head to the party or dinner, drink at least 8 oz of water 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything else.
Water is not only beneficial for hydration of the body, but by drinking a glass 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything else will help ensure that you do not over indulge. Also, many of us feel hungry when we are actually thirsty. So, drinking water will help satisfy the hunger feelings a little longer helping you to stay on track.
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