We have officially entered the holiday season and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have already received many questions regarding holiday weight gain and ways to keep it off. This is a challenging time of year because of all the food, parties, festivities, left overs, sweets, etc.
As hard as it may be, however, you can simply and easily keep weight off this holiday season while still eating all the foods you love and enjoying every moment. Take a look at these three solutions below:
Solution One: Eat healthy for 5 days before the big party or feast (ie. Thanksgiving)
Treat your big feast (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, office party, etc.) as your cheat day for that week. Typically my cheat days will fall on a weekend but since Thanksgiving is on a Thursday, I will start preparing by eating healthy the previous five days. By doing this, there will be no restrictions on all the delicious food that is served.
Preparation is always key when it comes to getting fit and healthy, and the same holds true for the holidays. Parties don’t happen everyday of the holiday season so you have to prepare for when the parties do come by eating healthy on the other days. This doesn’t mean cutting calories, all it simply means is focusing on good sources of protein, lots of veggies, healthy fats, and properly timing your carbohydrates.
By eating healthy around feasting days you will find it is very simple to keep off the holiday weight.
Solution Two: Be smart about your leftovers
Leftovers are one of my favorite things about the holiday season (and all times of year for that matter). However, instead of taking the desserts home with you this year, try reaching for the protein (turkey, ham, meats, chicken, etc.) and veggies. Let everyone else take home the desserts. Eat your heart out when you are at the gathering, but grab the healthy foods when you leave.
Part of the reason so many people gain weight over the holidays is because of eating the rest of the dessert for a week straight after the party or gathering is over.
Solution Three: Kick up the intensity on your workouts
There is no excuse to stop working out during this time of year. Yes, you may not have time to make it to the gym, but that doesn’t mean your workouts have to suffer. A short, high intensity body weight circuit will do the trick to help you burn fat and build lean muscle. If you don’t have the time or resources to get in your regular workouts, get creative and kick the intensity up.
Do a body weight circuit consisting of burpees, pull-ups, push-ups, squat jumps, and lunges. Grab yourself a kettlebell and go to work. Or simply head to an open field and sprint. Just because you do not have access to the gym doesn’t mean you should skip your workouts.
Challenge yourself to really boost the intensity over the next few months and try to workout at least 3-4 times per week through the holiday season.
Go out and enjoy the time with family and friends this holiday season. You only live once so have a blast. Also, be sure to use the methods above if you are worried about gaining weight over the holidays. Remember, by following what we went over, you can still eat all the foods you love at the big gatherings and not have to worry about any negative side effects (besides being overly full of course!)
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