Five Ways To Survive The Holidays
The holidays are fast approaching, which means there are parties, large family gatherings, and worst of all, FATTY FOODS and holiday desserts in your future.
Although these five friendly weight loss tips are geared towards preventing the holiday weight gain, they can be used ANYTIME during the year, regardless of what is going on around you.
Make sure to review ALL THE TIPS this holiday season and BEYOND.
Five Holiday-Friendly Weight Loss Tips
Sure the holidays are coming, and you are afraid that all the hard work you accomplished up until now, will go out the window with your next piece of apple pie.
However, these FIVE TIPS will teach you:
How to maintain your weight this holiday season…
The BEST way to work off all that holiday guilt…
Healthy alternatives to starchy, sugar-filled appetizers…
How you can beat the PLATE before you sit down…
And much, much more!
So what are they?
The Five Holiday (or any time of year) Friendly Weight Loss Tips
1. The Holiday Food Swap
If you are one who likes to eat appetizers before a meal, then this tip is for you!
There are plenty of low-calorie options that you can use in place of the high-fat, high-calorie appetizers that may sidetrack your weight loss.
The first step you need to do: Head over to the fruit or vegetable bowl.
You will get plenty of fat-fighting vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Plus, a plateful of vegetables is low in calories and fat.
Or you can substitute whole-wheat pita chips for slices of bread to cut down on the added white flour, added sugar, and extra calories.
These healthy substitutes are perfect for keeping your weight in check while filling you up before the big feast.
2. Watch Out for Portion Distortion
There is no need for anyone, especially during the holidays, to develop a case of portion distortion.
Portion distortion refers to the heaping portions that you perceive are OK, when in actuality, you have a plate full of excess calories and fat.
Make sure to watch your portions, or use a smaller plate in order to “trick” your brain into thinking you have more than you really do.
This will help monitor the amount of calories going into your mouth, which could alleviate extra calories going to your hips, butt, and thighs.
3. Don’t Forget To Exercise
Of course you know that exercise is the BEST way to expend calories while keeping you healthy.
So during this holiday season, be sure to get PLENTY of it.
You can exercise before a meal, exercise after a meal, and even exercise in between meals.
This may help your body digest the food you just ate, and may negate some of the calories you just consumed.
So before your holiday meal (or after) take a short, brisk walk, or engage in some interval training circuits to BURN extra calories, in order to combat the high-calorie holiday meals.
Check out this simple MRT and MCT example that is one of many I use with my FUZION Formula Fitness classes
I normally end a class with some form HIIT training (not here though) because this is just a simple way to rev up your body before or after a day of Holiday Eating. If you would like to try a HIIT session try this one after the MCT superset.
Treadmill or Running preferred – 40 seconds (9/10 intensity),
followed by 20 seconds of recovery (3/10 intensity) – Do this until
you complete one mile. Then rest one minute to 3 minutes and do it again.
DB Step-up (8/side)
DB Chest Press (8)
Wide Grip Lat Pulldown or elbow out bent over row (8)
1-Arm DB Shoulder Press (8/side)
Do the above circuit 3 times, resting for about a minute between
circuits. Everything is 8 reps… boom goes the “no thinking”
Now you have to go through the weird (but effective) part.
MCT Superset <= Weird. Cool. Awesome.
KB/DB Swings (15)
Decline Pushups (15)
Do the above superset 5 times, resting for 30 seconds between
4. No to Seconds
If you want to do anything to keep your weight loss on track, then this holiday season make a pledge to say NO to seconds.
During the holidays, most people either graze all day long, or they go for seconds (or thirds) after their first plate is done.
All this will do is add more calories to your body, lead to increased weight gain, and most of all, make you feel FULL and sluggish.
And when you are full, you have less of a desire to go for a walk after your meal, which means you will NOT burn off all those extra calories.
5. Eat regularly
During the holidays, most people tend to avoid ALL meals until they get to the holiday feast
However, this is one of the WORST things that you can do when you are trying to keep yourself trim and fit.
The BAD side to not eating: you are so HUNGRY, that once you get to the meal, chances are you will OVER EAT when you get there!
The GOOD side of eating BEFORE: you are not as hungry when you sit down to eat, so chances are you are NOT going to overeat.
So be sure to maintain your regular eating patterns to keep your weight loss goals in check.
Keep These Five Tips Handy
During the holidays, or any time of the year, really, these five tips will serve you well in your efforts to lose weight and keep it off.
Although these tips are simple, they could be the MOST EFFECTIVE, common sense, weight loss tips you can have at your disposal.
Be sure to include these five holiday-friendly tips to increase weight loss and fat burning!
Dream, Believe, Achieve
Have a “FIT” holiday season