Survival Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

surviving-the-holiday-rush-ways-to-combat-fatigue-3095-200x240Survival Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Any survivalist will tell you, the better prepared you are, the better your chances of surviving.  I think this holds true for getting through the holiday season with success.

Having a good game plan will insure your success.  First ask yourself, what are my goals during the holiday season?

If your goal is not to gain an extra five pounds, insuring success will look a certain way. If you just want to enjoy yourself and totally indulge, it will look a certain way too. Either way is fine, just know your objectives ahead of time.  For this blog post we are going to assume you would like to maintain your weight and fitness level.

We are all human and if we’re hungry our will power goes from a 10 to 0 real fast.

 Plan ahead.

1. If you are heading to a party and you’re bringing a dish, make it a “clean” dish and make something you can actually eat.

2. Eat before you leave for the party.

3. Make up your mind beforehand what you will say NO to.  Will it be all carbohydrates and sweets or maybe  limiting the amount of alcohol you will drink?  Sometimes the “just say No” policy works like a charm.  The body will follow what the mind tells it.

4. Would it help to have a small baggie of almonds or other clean food stashed away in your purse just in case you don’t have any good options to eat?

5. Do a pre-party workout, designed to make you think twice about blowing your diet.

Try the, “Holiday Butt Blast Workout”

This 10 min workout is very effective in burning a maximum amount of calories.  You can do them right in your own home.

Do a 1 min on and 1 min off circuit for a total of 10 minutes.

  • High Knees
  • Burpees
  • Push ups
  • Mountain Climbers

or try this Victoria Secret Model Workout:

Victoria Secrete Model Workout

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Don’t forget to get plenty of good sleep.  Stress raises cortisol levels, which is one of the worst things you can do for losing weight and can add weight gain by not even doing anything different in your normal eating and exercise routine.  Find a healthy way to relax and unwind and try to get to bed early on the nights you can.

Last, but not least……..

Enjoy this holiday season to the fullest, fill it with love and forgiveness and give something of yourself that will really make a difference in the lives of others.

Have a Fit & Healthy Christmas Season!

~Jackie Walton

Reference:

  1. Cortisol, Stress and weight gain.  http://www.livestrong.com/cortisol-levels/
  2. Image Source:http://www.farmersalmanac.com/health/2008/12/29/surviving-the-holiday-rush-ways-to-combat-fatigue/
  3. http://hookedoniron.com/home/sleep-stack

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