On average, most people gain 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
Tis the season! The season for spending time with family and friends; for attending an endless sea of holiday parties; and for avoiding tipping that scale. On average, most people gain 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Will you be one of them?
1. Choose Success
As the great Buddha has said, “What you think, is what you become.” Consciously decide to remain committed to your fitness plans through the holidays. Contemplate your inevitable success! Success is a choice, and it all begins with your thoughts, and results with your actions.
2. Never Attend a Holiday Party Hungry
Arriving at a holiday gathering with so many tempting food choices when you are famished is lethal. Plan ahead. Eat 5-6 healthy, well-balanced meals each day. Make sure you eat one of those small meals or have a protein shake about 30-60 minutes before attending a holiday party, even if the party is a meal!
You’ll be far less likely to overindulge and you won’t be inclined to eat everything in sight. With both your appetite and your conscience in check, you’ll find greater enjoyment and satisfaction in the modest amount of food that you’ll consume.
3. Don’t “Bank” Calories
You simply CANNOT starve yourself all day, then eat and drink whatever you want at a holiday party without consequences. It doesn’t work that way. If you starve yourself in anticipation of overindulging, you’ll ensure storing every single morsel as FAT. Yuck.
4. Locate the Veggie Tray
Every holiday spread includes some kind of fresh fruit or vegetable tray. Fill your plate with fresh veggies and eat those first, fruit second. And skip the dip! The bulk and water in the veggies will satisfy your appetite and you’ll eat less “junk.”
5. Drink a LOT of Water
Before you grab an alcoholic drink or make a beeline for the food, get a glass of water and sip on that first. For every beverage or holiday treat you consume, drink one glass of water. The water will keep you full and will definitely curb your desire to over-eat in food. Just stay near a restroom!
6. Bring Eucalyptus
Huh? Yes, It’s true…if all else fails and you’re having a hard time making good decisions at a party, suck on a sugar-free Halls Eucalyptus drop. I can assure you, absolutely NOTHING tastes good after having that flavor in your mouth!
7. Stay On Schedule
Plan your workouts every week. Treat your workouts as a regular appointment for work that you cannot and will not miss. Book it in your iPhone calendar, your planner, whatever. Remain consistent and you will enjoy an elevated mood and have MUCH more energy for the holiday season.
Finally, January 1 2015 WILL arrive, and I can promise you this: It will be much harder to get back into workout-mode after the New Year, than it is to remain consistent throughout. Your fitness goals need not be a casualty of the holiday season.
Geo is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist whose mission is to educate and empower his clients to live healthier and happier lives. Geo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition/ Biochemistry and is RD eligible. Geo Has maintained a thriving practice in New York City for more than 7 years. He brings the triple threat of education, experience, and passion to health & fitness for his clients.
You can visit his website here: geometrxnyc.com