It is the time of the year again – the most wonderful time! How many Holiday/Christmas parties, dinners and lunches (or breakfast) have you attended, and is still open in your calendar? I just had mine last night with blogger friends and former co-workers. Every get-together means food, and additional weight. Although they say that I don’t need to worry about gaining weight (well, I do, for health reasons), I am still trying to control what I take. I indulge in moderation.
According to Samantha Clayton, Herbalife’s director of worldwide fitness and education, it’s all about minimizing impact. “No matter where you are on your personal wellness journey, think twice before over-indulging during the next few weeks. My advice is to, at the very least, try to break even and maintain your weight this holiday season. It’s amazing how easy it is to gain weight in such a short amount of time, and although weight gain is an easy as eating a few too many pieces of pie, taking off those pounds come January is a much harder tasks.”
Here are the Top Ten Tips for Healthy Holidays:
1. No Savings
Don’t cut down or starve yourself before the party. There are many reasons why this is a good tactic; a drop in sugar level, lack of energy and lack of concentration are just a few of the down galls of the “starve and binge” technique.
I personally take small meals everyday, so I don’t go overeating once I get to the buffet table.
Have a healthy protein rich snack before you head out to a holiday party. Filling yourself up on healthy snacks that contain protein will keep you full and stop you from having that extra cup cake.
I go for a serving of banana 🙂
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3. Move Around and Socialize
This must be something that is very easy for me to do! I am always moving, and laughing. Walking counts as exercise so the more you move the better.
Need I say more? Let loose and dance off the party calories; the extra bonus is that the more time you spend dancing the less time you will spend eating.
Don’t skip your work-outs. The best thing you can do is keep your exercise routine intact. As for me, I think I would need to include a work-out session in my daily routine.
6. Watch Your Drinks
Ok, for safety reasons, don’t leave your drinks in the bar, always bring it with you. For healthy reasons, stay away from sugary drinks.
Probably my secret for not gaining too much weight is because I drink alot of water. I prefer water over juices and soda. But I am okay with a glass of wine. 🙂
7. Maximize your time with quick fix workouts
The suggestion is to do quick 10-minute exercise in the morning and at night. I should keep that in mind and ditch playing Two Fuse. Simple exercises performed in an interval style will help burn some calories and keep you toed over the holidays.
8. Step away from the computer.
This is funny, because I realized that I am always in front of the computer checking for good deals online. Although Christmas Shopping is a bit crazy, it is good exercise especially when carrying bags and boxes.
9. Make every minute count.
Do as much physical activity as possible. Think active all holiday season. Take the stairs. Park in the furthest spot from the store. Get outside and go for a walk. The more active you are the fewer points you will gain.
Don’t wait for January 1st to start the fitness routine. We don’t need to do New Year’s Resolution. We can start on December 26th?
On a personal note, I find that starving yourself and going for extreme diet is not very healthy (imagine, you might even get ulcer, you will be moody because you are hungry, and most probably you will allot 1 day as cheat day). I don’t really know what my secret is for not gaining weight. But it could be:
- I eat a lot and eat everything in moderation. I don’t limit myself to what I want to eat. I eat cakes, chocolate and chips whenever I feel like eating, so I wouldn’t need a cheat day.
- I just take small portions of all the food in the buffet table, and go for second serving of the ones I like.
- I drink lots of water.
- I laugh a lot.