The holidays are a fun and celebratory time of year. Parties, dining out, and all those chocolates and baked goods, also make it a time when people tend to gain weight. Holiday weight gain is one of the biggest contributors to total yearly weight gain for many people. The good news is it’s not inevitable.
These five tips will help you avoid holiday weight gain and get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions.
Don’t Arrive Hungry
Family gatherings often lead to overindulging. When all your holiday favourites are in front of you it’s hard to say no to a large helping. Planning ahead and having a nutritious snack beforehand will help you maintain discipline in the face of temptation. If you are hungry when you arrive, drink a glass of water before you fill up your plate.
Fill Up On Fibre
Make the vegetable tray your best friend. Snacking on vegetables and other high-fibre items like legumes can help keep you fuller, longer. Opt for raw, steamed or roasted veggies to get the best nutritional bang for your buck.
Take the Focus Off Food
We know this can be a tricky one. Afterall, the majority of holiday celebrating is around food. Create new traditions that don’t involve the dining room table. Have get-togethers that focus more on the people you are with and the experiences you share. Check out the holiday lights displays, trim the tree together, or wrap gifts.
Exercise is most likely the first thing to fall off from your routine. Continuing to workout will help combat weight gain, as well as help decrease the stress and depression that are common at the holidays. It’s okay if you can’t keep your regularly scheduled gym visits, but challenge yourself to add physical activity to your day. Go for a walk, take time to stretch, or do a bodyweight workout at home.
Involve Family and Friends
Hanging out on the couch watching the World Junior Hockey Championships is always entertaining, but these sedentary activities aren’t a friend to your waistline. Schedule active time around your sitting sessions. An activity as simple as a family walk can provide benefits and allow you to bond with your loved ones. Get your heart pumping with tobogganing, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.