5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The Holidays are a wonderful time of year!  There is so much to be thankful for, to appreciate, and to enjoy.  This time of year, many of us gain a lot more than just quality time with family and friends.  Gaining an extra 5-10 pounds isn’t hard to do and for most, they will spend the next 3-6 months working to get it off.  To help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals, here are my top 5 tips to avoid holiday weight gain.


1. Drink a big glass of water before every meal.

8-16 ounces to be exact! You should be drinking your weight in ounces per day to keep your body functioning properly, to help process foods, and remove toxins from your body. How can this prevent weight gain?  By drinking water before every meal, you will help reduce the amount of food you eat at each sitting and in return will most likely eat less than normal. Also most times are bodies are actually thirsty instead of hungry. Listen to your body and give it the proper nutrition it needs…including water!


2. Schedule in some exercise.

The cooler weather, shorter days, and overwhelming to-do list can leave you feeling exhausted and out of time. The last thing on your mind is probably exercise. But, make sure to schedule it in {preferably before a meal} to ensure you keep mentally, spiritually, and physically healthy. 30-35 minutes 4-5 times a week is all you need to keep the holiday weight gain at bay.


3. Eat a healthy protein with every meal and snack.

Did you know that protein can help you stay fuller longer, help you keep lean muscle mass, AND speeds up your metabolism to burn more calories? Who would have known? I encourage you to eat a lean healthy protein at every meal and snack. Great examples of this are lean red meats, fish/seafoods: salmon, tuna, and shrimp are my favorites, beans such as pinto, chickpeas, soybeans, and black beans, low fat Greek yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, oatmeal, natural peanut butter, tofu, hard boiled eggs, nuts {walnuts, almonds}, protein powder and bars that are natural are also good sources to add to your daily intake as well.


4. Treat the Holiday like any other day.

Most people tend to skip meals leading up to a Holiday dinner thinking that they will skip on calories to save for over indulgence later on. Others may skip a workout or spend the day lounging instead of getting up and moving. Treat the Holiday like any other day means to get up and exercise, eat breakfast and lunch {healthy of course} just like any other day and then eat dinner without going overboard. Don’t treat dinner like it will be your last supper. Instead, eat small portions of your favorite dishes to include dessert. You don’t have to skip what you love…just eat less of it!


5. Get some sleep!

The Holidays are a busy time for most of us whether it be family coming into town, kids programs at school, shopping, cleaning, volunteering, projects, cooking….the list goes on.  Make sure you take time to relax, take care of yourself, and get some much needed rest. Sleep is critical to a healthy weight and healthy immune system. Sleep can help to fight off sickness, fatigue, and exhaustion…all three which can lead to overeating during stressful times. If you are experiences issues with falling asleep, try limiting your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and sugars. You can also try exercising in the evening and then take a hot shower or bath to help you relax.

Luckily, I will also be providing a New Year, New You group nutrition program designed to help you start 2013 off right! Here is the information for it:


New Year New You Transformation Challenge! 

A 12-Week, Step-By-Step Program Designed to Help You Achieve a Healthy, Fit, and Transformed YOU!

Monday, January 7th- March 25th, (Prep week starts January 1st)

    • All participants will receive email confirmation with details the week of January 1st to begin goal setting! The 12-week program starts Monday, January 7th
    • Space is limited, so register today!
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  1. says

    Thanks for the helpful tips! It is too easy to skip exercising and other self-care tasks during the busy season. But if we don;t take good care of ourselves, the results will show in everything else we do.

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