The holiday season is approaching, and many fear the dreaded weight gain during this time. Instead of throwing in the towel and waiting till the Holidays have ended, try applying these simple tips!
1. Plan ahead
We can always expect lots of parties and gatherings with friends and family over the holidays. If you want to be able to enjoy the food you are eating, make it a point to plan out your month on a calendar. Log your events, along with your workout times and meal prep ideas. If you stay consistent with well balanced meals and exercise for the majority of the holidays, these extra holiday meals and treats won’t throw you off.
2. Move your body
Try something new! With the hustle and bustle of December, it can be difficult to find the motivation to get your workout in. Make it a goal to try something different. If you are short on time and want to make sure you are getting the most effective workout in while you are in the gym, try adding a Group Fitness class or GT12 in to your workout schedule.
There are plenty of options to try based on your fitness goal. Still finding it hard to get to the gym? Try booking in a Goal assessment with one of our Personal Trainers. Together you can create a plan to keep consistent and accountable (and who knows, you may even come out of December feeling better than before!).
3. Don’t overeat
Listen to your body. Sometimes it’s not the food we eat that causes weight gain, it’s the large portions or extra servings that do. Fill your plate with nutrient dense foods, drink lots of water and listen to your body when it tells you that you are satiated (not full).
4. Never arrive hungry
This also means not skipping meals. If you have an event that evening, make sure you are still having well-balanced meals during the day consisting of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Showing up to an event hungry can cause mindless-eating, and may have you over-indulging.
5. Make healthy swaps!
Those constant sugary sweets that seem to always be in plain site can be hard to say no to. Try making your own healthy holiday treats!
Some options to swap in your recipe are:
- Replacing butter with applesauce or mashed banana
- Adding nuts and dried fruit instead of chocolate
- Replace sugar with honey or stevia
The holidays are a fun time to spend with friends and family! Control what you can control, and enjoy yourself!