How to Maintain or Lose Weight During the Holidays

December 17, 2019

It can be very tough to keep your weight in check during the holidays. There’s just so much going on. Whether it’s the stress of hosting a gathering, or the food and drink temptations at every turn, it takes a lot of willpower to keep your composure and eat well. And while it is OK if you over-indulge once or twice in December, it’s a lot more satisfying when you get through the holidays at the same weight or even having lost a few pounds. It’s not easy; so let’s discuss some good tips to get there…

  1. Maintain your exercise regimen. It’s not hard to put off your exercise over the holidays. After all, there’s so much to do and there just isn’t enough time. However, starting back up again after a prolonged period of inactivity is much harder than pushing through and continuing to exercise throughout the holidays. Remember, that exercise doesn’t necessarily have to be at the gym. Taking nice long walks, participation in some group activities, and even doing vigorous housework all contribute to your exercise requirement. The point is to get up and move.
  2. Decide to eat only those things that you wouldn’t normally make at home. When you’re at someone else’s house, it is impossible to control their menu. As a result, you may wish to avoid foods that you eat often at home and just indulge in the foods you don’t normally have – in moderation, of course.
  3. Cut out the alcohol. By the end of the evening you might find that you’ve consumed a quarter or even half of your calories in liquid form – yes, alcohol is sugar. It’s easy to get caught up in having a drink here or there when you’re having fun. A little bit is fine, but don’t overdo it.
  4. Don’t starve yourself. We often get in the bad habit of not eating 1 or 2 meals before a large upcoming celebration, the likes of which we have during the holidays. However, starving yourself during the day will only lead to overeating later. Further, your body may enter starvation mode and ultimately retain more fat as a result.
  5. Drink lots of water. Drinking water about an hour before your upcoming holiday meal can help hydrate you and fill you up so that you don’t mistake thirst for hunger. Being fully hydrated allows you to eat normal portions at the holiday party — and this means fewer calories.
  6. Tap your support system. If you and your significant other, kids, parents or friends are all pursuing a new lifestyle together, you can feed off each other’s motivation when you go to a holiday party. Have a chat before you arrive about what you expect to eat and what you must absolutely avoid. Making yourself responsible to, and for, others in the same position is a great way to ensure that you won’t overindulge.

It sounds difficult, we know. However, your health is of paramount importance. It’s a lot easier to fall off the lifestyle wagon than to stay on it. But the benefits and satisfaction you will receive from getting through the holidays without overeating and continuing to exercise will far outweigh not being able to participate in the overindulgence that so often comes with holiday eating.

As always, our team is here to help. Remember, we are on this journey with you and we want to make sure you are as successful as possible. Your success is ours as well. So, don’t hesitate to call our office and speak to one of our team if you feel frustrated or if you are having difficulty staying on track with your diet and exercise program over the next month. Meantime, Happy Holidays!!!

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