3 Strategies to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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How to Avoid Weight Gain this Holliday Season

Feeling sluggish and lazy during the winter is only exacerbated by warm, butter-filled treats and cold weather. Why exercise and eat healthy when you can huddle under the blankets with Christmas cookies, right? Not exactly. While having a cozy holiday season is important, staying on track with your health is equally important. Here are some ways to enjoy the holidays with a healthy spin.

Stick to Moderation

No one is going to tell you to not indulge in your grandma’s pie on Christmas Eve. However, we do suggest that you stick to one slice instead of five. Same goes for New Years. Have one or two drinks instead of binge drinking your way into the new year. Moderation is one of the key elements to weight loss, and that still holds true around the holidays. If you don’t want to feel deprived, eat enough of your favorite dishes to feel satisfied, not stuffed.

Have Healthy Soul Meals

One of the main causes of weight gain over the holidays is the plethora of warm, filling, homemade meals. If you want to stick to healthy, nutrient-rich foods this holiday season, try switching out your traditional meals for more healthy ones. You can see some of our healthy holiday recipes here to get you started.

 

Get Moving

Going outside during the winter can be downright miserable, but it’s important to stay active all year long, and that includes the holidays. Instead of going for a run outside, open YouTube and try some at home workout videos. You can find strength training videos, yoga, and even high intensity interval training workouts that perfectly fit your schedule and fitness needs from the comfort of your home.

If you have a hard time holding yourself accountable, signup for personal training this winter. Bailing on yourself is one thing, but when you’re paying a trainer who’s holding you accountable, it’s much harder to not show up. They can also tailor a workout regimen to your specific wants and needs.

If you’re someone who enjoys the cold weather, pick up a winter sport. Skiing, ice skating, and snowboarding are tons of fun and a great way for the whole family to stay in shape during the colder months. Try them out, grab a few beginner lessons, and spend some time exercising, having fun, and bonding with your friends and family.

Staying healthy and avoiding holiday weight doesn’t have to be a hassle. Keep your portions in check, create healthy alternatives to your favorite soul food, and stay active. If you’re looking for help staying on track this holiday season, reach out to us today! We would love to help you stay motivated and healthy!

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