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7 Ways You Can Avoid Gaining Weight This Holiday Season

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Tips and tricks to get through the holidays with no regrets!

Let's be honest: it is hard for all of us to stick to a healthy eating regimen and exercise plan during the holidays. Everywhere we turn there are tempting foods and drinks—from treats at office parties to our own traditional family favorites.

When you add in a busy schedule filled with business deadlines, shopping and Holiday get-togethers, it becomes tough to squeeze in exercise. It is easy to tell ourselves, 'I'll do it tomorrow' and talk ourselves out of a great toxin-release sweat!

The good news is that you really can get through the holidays without gaining weight. It will take some conscious effort, but you will thank yourself when January 1st rolls around and you'll have confidence without the regrets!

The Goal:  Maintain Your Weight

In order to greet the New Year without extra weight, it is wise to mentally prepare yourself with these strategies and acknowledge that, during this time of year, its best to try to maintain your current weight instead of trying to lose. Trying to lose weight during the next four weeks is a receipe for mental and emotional disaster. I say, do away with the mental beat-up and enjoy this time, within reason.

Who wants to be miserable from deprivation? Bingo. None of us.

This means that its OK to allow yourself occasional treats and splurges. Not everyday splurges, but the ones that make your heart and soul happy, the ones that make you feel like your grandmother is right there with you watching you enjoy her pie. :)

The goal is to keep the scale where it is rather than trying to actually decrease your weight right now.

Here are some tips to accomplish this:

 1. Don't skip your workouts.

Yes, with the hustle and bustle, it is easy to talk yourself out of moving. Just remember, even moderate intensity workouts can burn 300-400 calories per hour. While it would be ideal to lift some weights, so your body will keep burning calories after your workout is over, hoping on a cardio machine, going for a hike or going for a run is just fine to.

You need this calorie-burn to keep up with the heavier foods that you will be eating. You will also be less likely to overeat if you have just sweated through a hard workout!

 2. Eat breakfast.

People who eat breakfast consume fewer calories throughout the day than those who skip it. Make it a new daily habit!

 3. Keep a food diary. 

Write down every single thing you eat—even if it is only one bite of an appetizer. It is a proven fact that keeping a food journal results in better weight control than not keeping one. This is one of the best tools for me and my clients.

Some are hesitant to begin this, but once they started documenting what they were actually consuming, they shared it was the critical tool that got them to their desired goal!

 4. Monitor your hunger. 

Never show up at a party ready to eat your left hand—you will most certainly overeat! Drink water and have a protein-filled snack (such as a protein shake or 3oz. of chicken) before arriving. This will help you to have more self-control around the tempting food. There is a high likelihood that you will gather at holiday parties and not even be hungry. Your stomach literally growling is a sign of hunger.

If your stomach is not growling, I suggest drinking a big glass of water and staying away from the food table. We often eat 'because it's there' and not because we are actually hungry. Listen to your body. Act accordingly. Go connect with your cousin … the one you only see once a year. Laugh … a lot.

 5. Exhibit portion control.

Fill your plate half-full of green veggies or salad, then split the other half in two and put protein on one side and a complex carb on the other. Keep it as clean as you can and don't forget to chew! Chewing not only stimulates our digestive enzymes, it brings consciouness into our food experience making us aware of what we are eating and therefore, helps us to not overeat.

 6. Take charge of the leftovers.

If you have unhealthy leftovers in your home, you are likely to indulge, again. Don't leave them hanging around. Give them away or toss them.  It's not worth the temptation!

 7. Go public with what you are doing. 

Sound scary? It's supposed to! Let others know what your intention is this holiday season. Let them know you are trying to maintain your weight and get to January in one piece! This kind of accountability will give you will power when the cookies and fudge start showing up!

You truly can survive the holidays with no added weight gain.  Remember these tips and what you want to feel like on January 1.

Wishing you a wonderful time with loved ones!

xo,

Trish

This article was originally published at The Prime LIfeRX. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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