Tips to Staying Fit over the Holidays
When it comes to losing weight the holidays can be a real challenge. However, by simply keeping a few points in mind you can maintain your weight and perhaps even lose a few pounds.
First off you'll want to ensure that you keep up your regular exercise routine. Holiday parties, afternoon drinks and large family dinners shouldn't stop you from your regular run or spin class.
By keeping your exercise schedule you'll more easily keep yourself from packing on those holiday pounds. Moreover, you'll feel a lot better than if you forgo your workouts entirely.
Moderation in all things is another good holiday goal. Make sure you drink a glass of water for every glass of wine and make sure you don't overdo it. Not only will alcohol add extra unneeded calories, but it can also be especially difficult not to overindulge in other things when drinking. So remember to stay on track by not having more than your share of alcoholic beverages.
You'll also have to exercise moderation when it comes to those party spreads and snacks. It is all too easy to overdo it in what seems like mere grazing. Standing and chatting at the food table is a definite diet buster.
Try to steer the conversation away from the muchies table if you have any hope of still fitting into your new New Years outfit. It is much easier to steer clear of the table of food altogether rather than trying to deny yourself what is right in front of you.
One way to keep on track is to make sure you eat a small, well balanced meal before you hit any holiday parties. This way you can monitor what you are eating and you won't arrive somewhere famished and be forced to eat your way through the shortbread in order to fill up. If you've already had a small meal you are much less likely to binge on less than healthy fare.
Another important reminder is portion size. When it comes to holiday feasts you'll need to remember that despite what your granny says you don't actually have to try everything. While you may want to save room for a small bite or two of desert you certainly don't need to eat everything that is put in front of you. You're a grown up now and you reserve the right to say no.
Keeping these tips in mind will make it a good deal easier to stick to your holiday diet. Though the holidays can be a challenge when it comes to maintaining your figure, it is possible to slip into the New Year the same size as you ended the last one.
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