5 Tips For The Holidays

Ah, it’s that time of year- the winter holiday season. And if you are like most people, you will on average, gain 2-3 pounds from now to New Years. Frightening thought isn’t it! But it doesn’t need to be that way. A little pre-planning goes a long way.  Don’t worry; I’m not some Scrooge who believes in no celebrating. What I’m advocating is mindful eating with a couple of push-ups thrown in here and there 😉 .

  1. Drink plenty of fluids- water not eggnog. Your blood flow and digestion are affected by how much water you drink. You actually burn more calories per minute the better hydrated you are. Drinking a glass of water before eating is also an effective tool for feeling full, aiding in reducing your calorie intake.
  2. Sweat it out this holiday season.  I call this “burn it to earn it”. If you know you’re going to take in more calories, be prepared to burn more off.  However, don’t fool yourself. One 30 minute walk will not burn off the 4,500 calories and 299 grams of fat that the average American will consume on Thanksgiving Day alone, according to the Calorie Control Council.
  3. Lay off the potatoes- as in the couch kind. Every time you move your body benefits. In fact recent research has shown that just 3 minutes of activity can increase your life span. So park a little bit further away while at the mall or throw in a couple of flights of stairs between writing holiday cards.
  4. Downsize your table settings. The smaller your plates and utensils are the less food you can put on them. Not only will your plate appear fuller, your brain will actually think you have eaten more!
  5. Fight with your relatives. Bundle up, go outside and have a good old fashioned snowball fight. This is a great way to get some squats, lunges and light weight training in without ever having to go to the gym. Better yet- build a snowman. There’s nothing quite as physically challenging as trying to put that head on top!

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