5 Ways To Avoid Spring Holiday Weight Gain

5 Ways To Avoid Spring Holiday Weight Gain [EXPERT]

Spring is here, which means that summer is coming, which means that everyone is starting to freak out about wearing shorts and bathing suits in the very near future. It happens every year. We feel the weather starting to shift and, suddenly, "bikini body boot camps" start popping up all over the place, and everyone you know starts doing a cleanse.

However, In the middle of all this renewed effort and dedication — there's a roadblock. Actually, several roadblocks:

  • Easter — with all the chocolate bunnies and creme eggs.
  • Lent — when people often give up food vices, but then go on a splurge once it's over.
  • Passover — replete with traditional foods that are delicious, but not always healthy.

And, for some of us, there is also spring break — a few days of vacation where our healthy eating habits go on vacation too.

How can you navigate this minefield of potential sabotage and still stay fit and ready for summer clothes? Here are 5 sure-fire ways to stay true to your health goals throughout the spring and beyond! 5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When They're Trying To Be Healthy

1. Be inspired — not required

If you're embarking on a health or weight loss program, make sure that you have some genuine inspiration that means something to you. Going to the gym because it's what you think you "should" do gets old and boring really fast — and makes it easy to quit!

Create a powerful vision for what you want. Get excited about it! Maybe you want to join a beach volleyball team this summer. Or maybe you just want to feel strong and confident as you're walking down the street in short-shorts. Be clear about what you're working towards so that the strength of your vision pulls you forward, no matter what the holiday temptation.

2. Make Your Health A Project

You know when you have a big project due at work or at school and it kinda takes over your life for a little while? Well, I'm not suggesting that you become so focused on your health and weight loss that you have no life, but I am inviting you to take your health and weight loss more seriously. Breakup With Brunch! 10 Easy Ways To Lose Weight As A Couple

Athletes who are in training for an event have no problem resisting Easter baskets because they have a greater objective in sight. You can think like an athlete, too! What would it feel like to say, "No, thank you," to the Peeps and wake up the next morning feeling light and in control? Put yourself on "project" status and see how much easier it is to stay on track.

3. Plan To Succeed

Having no plan — or a vague plan — is a surefire way to sabotage your goals. It's like trying to find your way in a new city with no map! Think fast: if your office is filled with Easter candy, what is your plan so that you're not scarfing down chocolate all day long? How Do I Stop Pigging Out During The Holidays?

If you gave up sugar for Lent, how will you avoid overdoing it once Lent is over? And how are you going to manage all the chopped liver and matzoh ball soup at your Passover seder? Figure out ahead of time how many treats you're going to enjoy, how much you can skip, and when you will exercise — and stick to it. If you have a conscious strategy in place, your success is going to feel like a breeze!

4. Remember That There's Always A Next Time

The beauty of the holidays is that they happen every year! This year is not the last time you will ever have the chance to eat a chocolate bunny. Truth be told, you can eat chocolate, drink wine, and eat brisket every day of the year if you really wanted to! 5 Food Label Dealbreakers

The choice is yours. Remind yourself that you really can eat whatever you want — it's simply a matter of deciding whether or not you really want it. There will always be chocolate!

5. Let Yourself Off The Hook

Sure, you're trying to lose weight and be healthier, but you also want to feel peaceful, right? The traditions of the holidays are comforting, reassuring, and they are meant to be celebrated. While we don't always have to celebrate with food, if you deny or restrict yourself too much, it will invite rebellion. Health Help: What Does 'Eating Well' Really Mean?

Have a chocolate mini-egg or some of your grandma's matzoh-brei if it would bring you pleasure. Enjoy it and savor it! Just stay connected to your inspiration from item #1 and make a conscious choice not to overindulge.

No matter what the season, the reality is that there will always be temptations and unique circumstances that pop up on your road to a healthier body. The key to success is in having lots of tools and strategies that you can turn to so that you don't get discouraged or permanently derailed! How To NEVER Eat Anything Again.

What are your health and fitness goals for the summer?

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