As the holiday season rolls around once again it can be a time of celebration, shopping and indulging. This time of year there are parties and functions a plenty, with many opportunities to overdo the treats and goodies tied to the festivities. And while it may be a hard time to officially diet, it is definitely time to watch your weight. Here are five tips on keeping the weight gain to a minimum this season.
Tip # 1: Make exercise a priority but, be flexible. With all the shopping and social obligations you may have this time of year it can be easy to skip the gym. Truthfully, there can be many valid reasons you can’t make it but, you can still wake up thirty minutes early to squeeze in some light weight training or a quick interval workout. You’ll burn calories and rev up your metabolism even if you only have time for a quickie.
Tip#2: Don’t go to a party hungry. This tip is tried and true and you’ve probably heard it before. If you have a snack before you attend a function you are far more likely to eat less and avoid excess calories.
Tip#3: Drink water. Not only does it help fill you up when you drink a glass before a meal, it can also keep you hydrated when drinking alcoholic beverages. A good rule of thumb is one glass of water for every cocktail you enjoy.
Tip#4: Choose wisely. Faced with a smorgasbord of holiday eats you can’t expect to eat healthy all the time. Start with the healthiest selection first and then allow yourself one indulgent item like desert or fried food.
Tip#5: Don’t beat yourself up. If you happen to pig out or forget your gym membership exists for a while don’t be too hard on yourself. It happens. Do, however, pick yourself up and get back on track as soon as possible.
The holidays can be hectic and add to an already crazy schedule. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can also be stressful and unfortunately, many of us are stress eaters but, a little self control now can make a big difference in the long run when you want to get back in shape for summer.