I know the holidays can be a challenging time when it comes to fending off weight gain. But I guarantee that if you apply a couple of these tried-and-true strategies, you will be one of the few who won’t gain any weight!
(And make sure you revel in the compliments your friends and relatives give you when they see how great you look!)
So, here are my next five strategies to Halt Holiday Weight Gain. Which ones can YOU commit to doing?
Oh, and in case you missed the first five, check them out here: Top 10 Strategies to Halt Holiday Weight Gain, Part 1
Strategy #5: Enjoy three bites of anything! This is great advice from French Women Don’t Get Fat. This is a different idea than putting “a little bit of everything” on your plate.
We all know that our plate becomes a mound of food when we do that…and oftentimes, there are dishes we don’t really even enjoy that much. But, we’re so conditioned to cleaning our plates that we finish everything anyway! When you try it, you’ll realize that three bites can be quite satisfying.
Strategy #6: Reduce the alcohol. Your body uses alcohol as fuel first and then what you’ve eaten. So, a glass or two of wine with dinner can really slow down your fat-burning process. A non-fattening festive drink would be diluted cranberry juice with sparkling water and a squirt of lime. Place it in a wine glass and it looks like wine. Sometimes it’s the act of drinking that you miss, not all the alcohol.
Strategy #7: Connect creatively. Suggest that your family do things other than eat, i.e. go out and see the neighborhood’s Christmas lights, Botanic Gardens, snow men and snow angel building, sledding, make Christmas ornaments. Where I live, downtown Littleton and downtown Denver are especially great places to visit. You can share great holiday memories that don’t center around food every time.
Strategy #8: Reduce your stress. A majority of people are stress eaters and go to comfort foods in times of stress – which often is at its height during the holidays! To decrease stress, try a few of these tools: Say no to anything that isn’t important to you, ask for help, get enough sleep, drink hot tea in the morning or at night, listen to your favorite music, write positive affirmations and a daily gratitude list.
Strategy #9: Be the change you wish to see in yourself. Offices and hospitals are the worst place to be during the holidays; there is candy on every desk and people bring in cookies and candy. Try to inspire change in your office and bring in clementines (also called “Cuties” for a good reason) or an assorted raw nut mix.
Strategy #10: Stay committed to your exercise routine! Don’t feed yourself the lie that “I don’t have time…I have too much to do.” Surely you can squeeze in even 20 minutes somewhere?
And if you’d like to not think about what you’re going to do as a workout – stop in to train with me before Christmas if you’re in my neck of the woods! You can still come in tonight, tomorrow, Saturday for our Christmas Camp at 8:30 AM and next Monday and Tuesday! Just post your comment below and I’ll get you scheduled.
I’d love to hear from YOU!
What do YOU plan to do to halt holiday weight gain?
Take a minute to let me know in the comments below.
Merry Christmas! Make it your healthiest holiday season yet!
Committed to your success,