With the holiday season upon us our homes are filled with the goodness of family and friends, and the goodies of homemade baking, holiday feasts and cocktails.
Time may be a bit more scarce with the shopping, wrapping, travelling and parties, but if you want to avoid the extra weight gain this season while still enjoying your holidays, the key is to have a plan of attack, or a holiday safety net.
Step one is to stick to your daily nutrition regimen and be sure to have a feeding before heading to any parties to help keep cravings under control.
10 Tips to Keep the Love Handles Off
1. Be a good guest and bring your own plate of baking – a healthier, lower fat, and lower sugar version of your favorite holiday treats. This will allow you to be more in control of what you’re eating, as well as doing your host a favor.
2. If you know you’re going to indulge in the evening, keep the start of your day carb-free. The theory behind this is that without the carbohydrates throughout the day, your liver and muscles will want to soak up what they can when you feed them carbs later, which translates into less of a spill-over effect.
3. Avoid sugary cocktails and opt for red wine with some sparkling water. This will save you a ton of calories while giving you a nice phytonutrient boost. If you aren’t one for vino, stick to light drinks like vodka soda or rum and diet coke – and keep the drinks to a minimum overall.
4. Have an intense weight-training session an hour before heading to the feast. Your muscles will be starving and your body will be better able to utilize what you put into it rather than be forced to store it.
5. A real no-brainer here – watch the portions! Have one, instead of two, three, four, or five! Also, when filling your plate, fill it mostly with veggies and avoid extra sauces and gravies.
6. When you have time to train keep it intense. If you can fit in 3 x 1 hour long sessions per week, focus on a whole body superset workout followed by some metabolic work. If you can only fit in 30 minutes, keep the workouts challenging and perform full body circuits.
7. Stay hydrated! This will help you stay full, which will help you avoid the temptations put in front of you. Having some ISOFLEX on hand makes a great snack in a pinch!
8. Try alternate activities. If you don’t have time to actually get to a gym with the kids home for the holidays and people visiting, get everyone involved in some winter fun activities like snowboarding, skating or skiing.
9. Just say, NO! This is not always an option, but you’re not necessarily being rude if you don’t want to eat what everyone else may be eating – just pick your spots (formal dinner vs finger foods/buffet).
10. If you’re travelling, be sure to pack your meals and your workout gear. Try and check ahead for locations and hours of local gyms and supermarkets near where you’re staying.
With these tips put into place over the holiday season, there’s really no reason why sticking to your goals isn’t achievable. Why ruin your efforts up to this point by sabotaging yourself?