The season is upon us. Let's return the gift of holiday weight gain. What's happened in pasts years, doesn't have to be the case for this year. Our Holidays are here for enjoyment. One day of indulging, won't throw your health out the window. Be mindful of what you are eating. Remember this- there's no benefit approaching the New Year with a lot of extra weight that you have to lug around all year.
Set yourself up for success! So let's plan ahead. Shall we.?
Here are some tips to return the holiday weight:
One of the best ways that you can maintain your current weight through the holidays, or shed those extra pounds from your holiday blessing, is to exercise! You should strive to get at least four hours of exercise weekly. This may sound like a lot, but there are many exciting physical activities that will enable you to lose those unwanted pounds.
· You can take a walk around the block to savor one last look at those Christmas decorations, go swimming in an indoor heated pool, or warm up in an aerobics or dance class.
· Go up and down the stairs a few times. When you’re done, your heart will surely be pumping!
· Learn some basic yoga moves and start or end your day with some deep stretching and relaxation.
>Make Healthy Food Choices
During the holidays, fresh-fruit assortments are a big hit and make eating healthy much easier. A good goal would be to eat five servings of fruits every day. When you snack on fruit, you’ll avoid the urge to sink your teeth into that hot apple pie and those other tempting desserts that tend to line tables and countertops when the holidays roll around.
In addition to fruits assortments, vegetable trays are a great, healthy choice as well.
· With fresh fruits and vegetables, not only will you be able to eat plenty of foods that taste great, but you’ll also get your daily dose of essential nutrients and vitamins that assist in the many functions of the body.
· It would be unreasonable to expect you to avoid all of the delightful foods that tempt you during the holidays. In fact, you shouldn’t deprive yourself at all! The key is to enjoy these sweet desserts in moderation.
· Fill up on the healthy fruits and vegetables first and then ask for a small serving of pie. You’ll get a sweet taste without the desire to devour the entire pie.
· Try to limit yourself to just one treat a day. Setting limits will allow you to enjoy all those seasonal foods that you love without causing holiday weight gain.
· Share your cookies and treats with those at your office, church, or homeless shelter. If the sweets tempt you too much at home, share them with others.
Prepare yourself for social gatherings, family dinners, and festive holiday parties. The foods and beverages that you find at these parties are generally loaded with fat and other unhealthy ingredients.
· Eat a healthy meal before going to holiday parties. If you’re not hungry, you’ll indulge in fewer unhealthy foods that can add pounds.
· Focus on enjoying the company rather than on the food. Engaging in conversation will allow you to forget (momentarily!) about the food buffet.
Returning the gift of holiday weight gain is much easier when it does not involve too many pounds. Using these tips will keep the weight gain to a minimum and help you to shed those few extra pounds that do materialize.