The holidays are the truly the most wonderful time of the year. Family and friends gather together and share a meal, gifts, and time just seems to slow down as we cherish everything around us. But with the holidays come many meals – meals that include things like stuffing, casseroles, pies, and of course, holiday cookies. With all of the delicious foods sitting on the table in front of you, it may be hard to stay on track. No one would blame you, after all, temptation comes in droves during the holidays and everything seems like a must-have since it won’t be here again for another year. Here’s the good news, you can do it. You can prevent weight gain during the holidays with just a few simple steps.
Every morning brings with it an opportunity to do things better than you did the day before. Sometimes, the day we planned isn’t the day we end up having and that’s okay. Set your goals and make sure you keep them the next day and the day after that. Wake up every day reminding yourself that you will do what you intend to do.
Staying fit during the holidays seems tough because of schedules. There are more family gatherings. shopping, parties and you may feel like you just don’t have time. Make time to go to the gym. Don’t let the holidays derail your progress, you’ve worked too hard to get where you are. There is no excuse for not making the time, even if it’s not your usual schedule. One pro tip is to move your workouts to the morning because you can get it done and out of the way before the day starts to get crazy.
Maybe there is a favorite holiday recipe that you have enjoyed year after year. Make adjustments to the recipe and turn it into something healthy. If you can’t turn that recipe into something healthy, choose something else. Make a conscious decision to eat healthy as often as possible. Avoid recipes that have tons of sugar, dairy or carbs.
Before you head out to those wonderful holiday parties, eat something healthy and filling first, and depending on the party, consider bringing your water with you. If you eat before you head out, you won’t be hungry when that sugar-filled dish hits the table. Make sure the meal is healthy and filling, that way you won’t need to wake up the next day asking, “what did I do?”
Self-control is the most important tool you have when it comes to getting healthy. It’s not easy to fight temptations but it isn’t impossible. However, the more you do it, the easier it will become. When you turn down those holiday cookies, it may hurt a bit, but it will be worth it when you step on the scale in January.
Ok, maybe you couldn’t fight temptation completely and that’s fine. In fact, the idea of fighting temptation doesn’t exactly mean you have to give it up completely. Instead, find a balance of dirty foods with good ones. To find a balance, keep track of what you’re eating. Don’t go overboard with an entire pie or plate. You can also plan ahead. Plan for that cookie you may eat, or that slice of pie.
Supplements may be able to help you with those special holiday treats you can’t avoid. There are a few supplements that you should consider adding to your routine. One is Garcinia Cambogia. Garcinia Cambogia is a weight loss tool that has become very popular and was even featured on Dr. Oz. Another supplement is Alpha Lipoic Acid or ALA. ALA is a fatty acid that mimics insulin in the body.Insulin is responsible for pulling glucose into the cells and uses them for energy. In a study published in the American Journal of Medicine in 2011, participants who took ALA daily lost a significant amount of weight by the end of the study.
Holiday parties often come with plenty of holiday drinks that come with alcohol. One cranberry martini has more sugar and calories than it’s worth to anyone. There’s nothing wrong with having a drink, but limit yourself to one or two. You can prevent weight gain by trading in that cocktail for a glass of red wine so you don’t run into too many calories or sugars.
When the party’s over and people are packing leftovers to bring home, don’t. Leave the leftovers for someone else so you can prevent weight gain. If you bring temptation home with you, that one day of cheating may become two, three or even four days of failure.