Stay Fit Over Christmas
There’s nothing better than food during the holiday season, and it’s a great way to express your love for friends and family. Sitting around and enjoying scrumptious holiday treats is one of the best traditions that brings people together. Let’s not forget there are some foods that only come around during the holiday season, and it’s next to impossible to resist them. Unfortunately, when everything is said and done your waistline might pay the price. It’s not uncommon for people to look into the mirror after New Year’s Eve and realize they’ve become an entirely different person. After several weeks of eating the most indulgent food around, it’s almost impossible not to gain weight. But this holiday season, you can break the pattern by being smart with your overall choices and aiming for better health. Here are some things to keep in mind to help you stay fit during this holiday season.
Do Not Diet – you might be tempted to go with a traditional diet right before or after the holiday season. Some people even skip meals during the day so that they can overeat during the night. You already know that scientifically speaking, none of these fat diets or starvation tactics are going to work. And just because it’s only for a couple of weeks doesn’t make it any better. It’s important to keep your overall health in mind without resorting to skipping meals or limiting your nutrition in unhealthy ways.
Watch Your Drinking – one of the greatest sources of hidden calories comes in the form of alcoholic beverages. This is even truer during the Christmas season when alcohol consumption goes up. Let’s not forget all of those holiday themed drinks that can pump up your overall caloric intake to a whole new stratosphere. No one says you have to go completely dry, just be aware that every drink you have counts when it comes to weight gain.
Reduce Stress – you might not realize exactly how much stress there is associated with the holiday season. While it’s a time of fun in celebration, there are many obligations they can get people riled up at the same time. The pace of life seems to pick up during this time of year and there is definitely less time to relax. Since stress and anxiety are a major trigger for overeating, it’s important to keep your body and mind generally healthy.
Keep a Journal – it’s all too easy to let things get out of control when it comes to all of the food you consume. But if you keep a journal and track everything you eat each day, it’s a lot easier to see where you’re going wrong. Even the simple benefit of having all of this information laid out in front of you can come in incredibly handy. You’re less likely to overeat if you keep track of all of the food that you’ve been consuming, and it’s a great way to keep track of calories as well.
Exercise – it should come as a no brainer that exercise will help to keep you trim when it comes to excessive holiday eating. Remember, regular exercise isn’t just something you do when you want to achieve fast weight loss in a couple of weeks. It should be a daily occurrence and you should definitely make time for it during the holidays. You’ll be consuming a lot of high cholesterol foods and things loaded with calories, so it’s essential that you balance out your routine with a good degree of exercise. Even if it’s as simple as going for a walk outside, get your body moving and make sure you are not sedentary during the holidays.