The holidays are a time of gathering with family and friends. Unfortunately, the majority of family functions are centered around eating and drinking, and most are not health conscious. If you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle things can get tricky as temptation is lurking around every corner. Here are some tips on how to avoid gaining those extra pounds during these next few months.
1. Make it a point to be extra health conscious for all of the surrounding days. For example, if you love your cocktails and typically you allow yourself to have some drinks a few nights a week, try to abstain until your holiday party. The same goes with food. Plan your “cheat meals” so they coordinate with your celebrations and you won’t feel nearly as guilty!
2. Get your morning workout in. If you know you’re going to be indulging at evening holiday parties, then burn calories prior to your gathering and get your metabolism revved up for the day. Those extra 500 calories you burned in the gym could make a difference of not gaining that extra pound.
3. Eat. Make sure you are eating throughout the day and not “saving” your calories for later. Starving yourself during the day will only cause your body to want to store the fat it consumes when you do eat. Also, by eating it will cause you to be less hungry later on in the day.
4. Drink lots of water. As we all know drinking enough water is essential for several reasons. One, if you’re dehydrated then your body will not function properly. It can cause false hunger pains causing you to eat unnecessarily when your body just needs hydration. Also, when we are consuming a significant amount of sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages water is essential to replenish and rehydrate not to mention help you avoid the dreaded hangover!
If you remember to follow these four easy steps, you will breeze through the holidays successfully. You should be able to maintain your current weight without depriving yourself of any of the festivities. Remember to stay on track with your fitness routine and follow the rule of thumb “everything in moderation” your New Year’s resolution won’t have to be starting from square one.