5 Tips to Help You Keep Losing Weight This Holiday Season
No matter what you celebrate come December, the holiday season can derail even the best-laid fitness plans with the sweet treats and delicious high-calorie meals that adorn parties, celebrations, and other holiday get-togethers. However, you don’t have to suffer through the inevitable holiday weight gain any longer! There are ways to avoid all that weight gain and shed some pounds during the holiday season, while still enjoying all that the holidays have to offer.
First, sticking to your fitness regimen can be made easier by joining an online fitness site. Online fitness services and social networks provide videos and safe exercise routines that can be done at home, on your own time, to cut down holiday calories through movement. Plus, most online fitness sites contain calorie trackers and other applications that can keep you focused on weight loss goals through technology.
Another way to avoid holiday weight gain is by picking smart treats at the buffets you’re sure to face. Go for the whole grain choices on the table, or pick the lean meats like poultry and fish. Avoid those high-calorie cookies. Sure, they’re good, but they don’t do anything when it comes to weight loss.
Also stay away from tricky foods. Some items are disguised as being healthy, but are actually high in calories. For example, fruit salad looks great, but what happens when it’s doused in whipped cream? Sweet potatoes are another food that can be a great choice, except when they’re covered in brown sugar. Know that the add-ons count, and avoid those hidden calories!
If you do get concerned about what’s at the holiday parties, you can always bring your own food to the buffet. Not only will you be a great guest by bringing a dish to share, but you have more control over it than you would the other food at the party, and you can help keep yourself and others from gaining holiday weight.
Finally, when all else fails, go work off that big family dinner. Instead of watching football and slipping into the proverbial food coma after holiday meals, go take a walk afterward. It doesn’t have to be long, and you don’t need to train for a marathon, but just a little bit of movement can go a long way to cutting calories and burning off fat during the holiday season.
At the end of the day, the holidays are a difficult time to lose weight, but when you commit to the process and are proactive about dealing with your own health, it can be done. Be consistent, be sensible, and watch the weight come off during the holidays with a little bit of hard work and sacrifice!