The Holiday Season is here, and it can surely present a challenging time for anyone in a fat loss phase or trying to watch their intake and not gain some extra pounds. While I am all about sticking to your goals, I believe everyone should enjoy all of the “fun foods” around the Holidays with no guilt and still stay mostly on track with your goals. Here are a few tips to consider to help you navigate this time of the year and still reach your goals.
On the day of the event, you may think you should “save room” and not eat much before heading out, but this couldn’t be further from the truth in my experience. Stick to your routine and eat throughout the day AND right before you leave to go out. Have plenty of proteins and veggies throughout the day. This will keep you satisfied, rather than going into the event starving and possibly overeating, which usually leads to not feeling so great mentally or physically. I’ve used this strategy for years and recommend it to all my clients, and it works great!
Indulge: Allow yourself to enjoy a little bit of all the foods that look appealing to you, but remember to get plenty of protein and veggies on your plate as well. This will help fill you up with some lower calorie foods while still getting to indulge and enjoy a little of everything offered.
Hydrate: While it’s important to drink enough water every day, it’s an easy tip that gets downplayed and missed often. There are so many benefits to staying hydrated, especially when you’re off track with other healthy habits. Find ways to get in plenty of water throughout your day with a goal of at least half your body weight in ounces or more. Staying on top of this easy task will make you feel and look your best. Also, if you know you’re going to be off track with your food and having alcohol as well, drinking enough water can help with feeling fuller (which keeps you from overeating), improving digestion and will negate some of the negative effects of the alcohol.
Move: If you know you’re going out and will partake in some fun holiday foods, try to get out and move that day. It may simply be a walk and that’s totally fine. Just move in some way that you enjoy for 30- 60 min. You could break it up into 2 x 15 min walks if needed. There are plenty of neighborhoods that offer runs/walks and most gyms are open to get workouts in. Consider that you’ll be making room in your muscles for the extra glucose coming your way at dinner!
Sleep: This is a big part of being successful with fat loss and keeping you less stressed, which leads to making better food choices. Getting enough sleep is what our bodies need to reset each day. Aim to get 8 hours or more per night. To encourage sleep, try shutting off all electronics one hour before bed and wind down by reading a book, taking a bath, journaling, or meditating.
Slow down, be present and enjoy your experience with Family, Food and The Holidays.
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