Staying Fit During the Holidays

For most people, the holidays means abandoning diets and gaining weight. A little advance planning can help prevent that post-holiday bulge without ruining your holiday feast. Don’t think diet, rather think about eating smarter.

Reduce or avoid alcohol and drink water. This can save you from too many calories. Alcohol is a big culprit for excess calories and in addition to the extra calories, it takes away your will to diet and will also make you eat more. So during the holidays avoid the good buzz and settle for good cheer.

Avoid skipping meals before a holiday meal and eat before going to a holiday party. You’ll be less likely to fill up on sweets and high-calorie appetizers. Replace sweets with healthy snacks such as fruit baskets and nuts in shells.

Keep up your exercise program. It will help you maintain your weight. You know your schedule is going to get hectic over the holidays. To stay on your training and nutrition regimen is definitely going to take some sound time management skills.

A planned “cheat day” helps you stay on your program better in the long run. If you’re too strict all the time, you are setting yourself up for cravings and bingeing.

Set realistic goals. Choose between an alcoholic beverage, a dessert or a ‘sinful’ main course, rather than indulging in all three. Have only one glass of one wine of Champagne. Eat smaller portions. Take half a slice of pie.

If you are cooking the food, prepare healthier versions of traditional dishes. Serve vegetables with a dip for an appetizer, a low-fat main course with salad and vegetables, and a fruits platter for dessert.

Traditional holiday foods can be prepared to be low fat in most cases. For example, the turkey that just about everyone has for Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner is extremely lean. If you remove the skin you can make a lean gravy to go over it as well. Potatoes are very good for you, until you load them up with butter and sour cream.

Eat slowly. It takes our body about 20 minutes to realize we are full. Also, the slower you eat, the less your food intake will be as opposed to eating fast in the same amount of time.


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