The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family. And for some, it is unfortunately, also a time for over-indulging and weight gain. According to the National Institute of Health, holiday eating can mean 1-2 extra pounds at the end of the holiday season. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Today we want to share with you 6 tips to help you stay healthy during the holidays and keep those extra inches off.
1. Plan Ahead.
Between holiday shopping, going to your children's holiday recitals, attending corporate holiday parties and potlucks, and preparing for out of town family members, it can feel like its almost impossible to get to the gym. But even in the midst of all the holiday commotion, it's important to plan ahead. Schedule your workouts. Block out time in your day to go for a jog or hit the gym. Exercise can burn calories before and after heavy meals as well as help to cope with the holiday stress.
2. Get Plenty Of Sleep.
It's critical to get plenty of sleep not just during the holidays, but every day. Not getting enough ZZZZs is the main culprit in making poor decisions throughout your day. From skipping the gym because you don't have the energy, to grabbing the donut instead of the fruit salad for breakfast, when you don't get enough rest at night, if can throw your entire day off balance.
3. Drink Plenty of Water.
Consuming water will help boost your metabolism and burn off unwanted calories. It also helps you digest food and keep your energy level high. If drinking water is hard for you to remember, create timers on your smartphone to reminder you throughout your day. There are also great reminder apps you can check out in your App Store or Google Play Store.
4. Don't Skip Breakfast.
You may think that skipping breakfast in the morning before a family holiday feast is a good idea. But the truth is that when you skip a meal you are more at risk of overeating and making bad choices at the dinner table. Skipping meals also shifts your body into starvation mode to save on energy. This results in your body not burning off calories the way it's supposed to. So go ahead and enjoy a healthy, hearty breakfast to give you the energy you'll need to get you through the day.
5. Don't Drink Your Calories.
It's really easy to consume an extra 1000-2000 calories a day just from those tempting holiday cocktails. So be mindful of how much you are drinking. Try to stay away from the very rich drinks like that eggnog we all love. Those have more calories than you think. Seek out healthy alternatives to your favorite holiday cocktails to enjoy instead.
6. Finally, Take The Focus Off The Food
Last, but not least, remember to make the holidays about friends and family. Plan activities away from the dinner table. Go see a show. Take a trip to a nearby carnival or festival. Go for a walk around your neighborhood or a nearby walking trail. Or go on a bike ride. Make memories around what you did rather than what you ate.