How to Keep Weight Off for the Holidays

  • By Sharon LaCroix
  • 01 Dec, 2016

5 Easy Tips to avoid weight gain

Stay committed to a healthy diet. 

The holidays are festive and full of rich foods, parties and special libations for the holidays, all of which can wreak havoc on your waist line. And who wants to start off 2107 with more girth than you had this previous year?

Weight gain over the holidays is not obligatory! Follow these easy steps and keep your pre-holiday figure just the same.
Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients  you need but be wary of overconsumption of carbohydrates and excessive calories.

Don't skip meals

Missing meals slows your metabolism down and triggers the body to store excess fat. Commit to eating 4-5 small meals/snacks through out the day. This will keep you satiated, it reduces blood sugar crashes and your carb cravings, and will give you more energy to get through those shopping lines!  Skipping meals can also cause overeating later in the day. And the myth of eat less/exercise more can actually add to your waistline, not reduce it. The more exercise we do, the more (low-carb) fuel we need to prevent muscle burning.

Weigh yourself daily

A daily weight-in may seem like overkill but newer research shows that weighing yourself every day is a better weight maintenance tool than getting on the scales less frequently. There are several reasons for this. First it keeps you more accountable, just like keeping a food journal does. Also looking at the scale on any one single day can be deceiving. You may actually weigh more or less if you step on the scale the next day. This can be due to fluid fluctuations, like if you ate a high sodium meal the night before, or you are under-hydrated by not drinking enough water,  or after excessive sweating. Weight on a scale is also determined by elimination patterns, and for women where they are in their menstrual cycle. If you really don't care to weigh yourself every day then do so once a week for two days in a row, on the same days.

Keep a food journal 

To have the best success write down everything you eat or drink in a dedicated food journal/notebook. Be honest and accurate in quantities. The journal will help you see your patterns of when and how often you’re reaching for higher-carb/calorie foods - very eye opening. The journal really helps to keep you accountable to yourself as you navigate through the holiday season.

Be active

Now’s not the time to cut back on your workouts. You still want to exercise most days of the week as physical activity is one of the most important aspects of keeping weight off. Despite the more hectic schedule, and the unpleasant weather and shorter days, still be sure to build your exercise regime into your holiday calendar. r

Just like with your food intake, it is very helpful to record when you exercise (and how long). Notice any trends of skipping your activity and make adjustments so that you are caring for Yourself as the year draws to a close.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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