Enjoy the holidays without eating away all of your heard work. Here is weight loss coach Justine’s top 10 tips to maintaining your figure:
Maintain an exercise routine throughout the holiday season (or start one now!)
Keeping up with an exercise routine is crucial to maintain your waistline. If you’re not currently exercising, aim for 30 minutes, 3 times a week to start. Break it up into two 15-minute increments if necessary. Find other ways to incorporate fitness into your day too, such as parking farther away, or taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator.
Keep healthy portions in mind
The holidays are a time when you will be around foods you don’t normally eat. For example, on Thanksgiving, have a little sliver of pumpkin pie rather than having 2 or 3 slices (and 1 for breakfast!) Then skip or minimize the whipped cream and ice cream.
Workout or go on a long walk before a party or the morning of a holiday
If you know you are going to go to a party, or you know you’ll be sitting inside all day with your family for a holiday celebration, make sure to get in some exercise! You’ll make healthier choices for the rest of the day, your mind will feel better and your waistline will thank you.
Eat early on holidays so your food has time to digest
Aim to eat around 2 or 3pm. Then take a little walk outside to help your food digest. You don’t want to eat a huge meal and then go right to bed afterwards.
Leftovers are your friends
Put leftovers in the fridge or freezer for future lunches and snacks. Turkey sandwiches made from fresh turkey taste so good the next day!
At the office, give in to your cravings….. just a little bit
If your office is one where gifts baskets full of goodies magically show up, or coworkers bring their fresh-baked holiday treats, have a plan of action. If you want to try one of the treats, have a little bit to get the craving over with, enjoy it, and then move on with your day.
Bring your own healthy snacks to work to avoid temptation
Sometimes people snack on the goodies at work because they don’t have any healthy options on hand. Bring your own fruit, veggies, nuts and other healthy snacks so you’re not as tempted.
Eat a healthy meal before going to parties
Eat something before you go to a party! Otherwise, the appetizers and desserts will be way too tempting. Plus, you’ll have no food on your stomach, so if you drink alcohol, there is nothing to absorb it. Drinking too much can lead to lower inhibitions around the food, and it could lead to embarrassing conversations with co-workers you might regret the next day.
At parties, keep a 2 drink maximum, or don’t drink at all
Nobody says you have to drink at parties! Stick to lower calorie options, like a light beer, wine or vodka with club soda, or just drink sparkling water with a twist of lemon or lime – nobody will know the difference.
It’s okay to say no
You don’t have to attend every function you are invited to. It’s okay to say no, or just go for a short period of time and then have a reason to leave.
Remember the reason for the season
The holidays aren’t about eating as much as possible or getting/giving as many gifts as possible – they are about spending time with family and friends and being thankful for what you have.
By Fitmo Coach Justine SanFilippo, MS, CHC, CPT, (http://www.happyhealthypeople.com). Justine has kept off 45lbs and 4 sizes for over 15 years and is the author of “Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind!”. If your goal is to lose weight, eat healthier, reduce stress, increase energy, or just totally revamp your lifestyle, she is the coach for you. Justine will help you in your journey to achieve your goals!