Staying fit during the holiday season is not the easiest thing to do. On top of the holiday season, my birthday falls right in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Like many people, I jump on and off the weight loss train. I have definitely learned that slow and steady weight loss last a lot longer than when you take the quick and easy route. I’m definitely that girl that will try just about any fad diet. However, this time around I’m really focused on making healthier choices and decisions. Anyway, I thought I would share a few things for us to keep in mind as we enter the holiday season. I’m currently incorporating these four tips back into my lifestyle!
Avoid Sugary Drinks:
Iced green tea is my go-to drink when I want extra energy, to detox, and curve my appetite. This is definitely my drink of choice when I’m trying to eat healthier. Right now I only drink water, coffee or green tea. During the holidays, try saving those extra calories for actual food! Load up on tons of water if you are drinking alcohol. But, just say no to sodas and juices with tons of sugar in it.
I’m planning to continue intermittent fasting until after the holiday season ends. Typically, I don’t eat until 11am or noon each day. This may not work for some, but I find this strategy to be a great way to cut back on calories. During the holidays, you may want to really think about your meals and plan them out. For instance, on Thanksgiving eve and the day of, try only having a light snack like yogurt and fruit for breakfast. Save your appetite for the foods you really are craving.
Avoid Heavy Carbs:
I love all things carbs! In the past I’ve tried eliminating them all together. But, that just doesn’t work for me. Now I take a more low carb approach and opt for more healthy, high fiber carbs. Foods like brown rice, sweet potatoes, and other whole grains. During the holidays, try creating a balance where you eat a mixture of good and the not-so-good for you carbs! For instance, if you know you’re craving red velvet cake for dinner, skip the mash potatoes and gravy and opt for brown rice.
Moderation is King:
I know for me when there’s something I like, I just keep going back for more and more! I know you’ve heard this before, but it’s so true that you can eat what you want as long as it’s in moderation. Try bringing healthy snacks with you when you go home for the holidays. Fill up first on those so you don’t over indulge in the good stuff! Eat smaller portions and nibble throughout the day.
There you have it! Hopefully, my four quick tips to stay fit during the holidays gives you some much needed motivation this season. I definitely think it’s possible to stay fit and trim during the holidays. It just takes planning ahead, being prepared to make healthy choices, and always remembering your end goal. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to try to not set myself back another 10-15lbs after the holidays are over. But, remember if you do indulge or fall off the wagon-do NOT beat yourself up. We are human and it happens! You can still reach your goals and don’t need to stress yourself out over it.
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