7 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain by Chris Bodry

Thanksgiving is such a great day!  A time to be thankful, to see family and friends, and eat until you hit the famous “food coma.”  Many nutritionists will tell you to enjoy the day, eat what you want and then get back on it the next day.  After Thanksgiving, Christmas is only a few weeks away and the holiday season is the easiest time of the year to let your diet get out of control.   Between these two holidays everyone gets so busy & loses sight of their personal goals; the workouts get left behind and your diet goes to whatever is quick and available.  Don’t let this happen to you this year.  Be smart, eat healthy and continue to workout.  Make time for YOU!

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Here are a few tips to help you stay on track with weight, your health & working out –

  • Stay consistent – Be sure to keep a regular workout schedule throughout the holidays. Especially on the days of a holiday party take time to get in a workout.
  • Be accountable – Hold yourself accountable for your workouts & what you are eating. People can wait an hour while you get your workout in.   You may be surrounded by people eating without thought but it doesn’t mean you have to be the same way.  Don’t fall victim to everyone’s unhealthy habits.
  • Be Reasonable – This is the time of year to eat some of the foods you otherwise don’t have the opportunity to eat. Don’t eat just to taste something you don’t like or don’t want because it’s on the buffet.
  • Have a Plan – Plan for the parties. The day of the party be sure to eat a sensible breakfast, a healthy lunch that includes your protein, carbohydrates & good fats. Don’t ever go to a party starving.  Sometimes I will eat before the party but enjoy a few desserts at the party.  I will always set a limit when I do this.
  • Say NO! – Sometimes it’s okay to say no. Don’t wear yourself out to get to every event or even eat at every party – Stop by to say hello but you don’t have to stay all evening.
  • Pay Attention – Drinking calories is the easiest way to add calories, and extra weight. The worst part of drinking calories is liquids will not fill you up.   Be mindful of your actions and what goes into your body.

I hope these tips help you stay on track with your fitness goals this holiday season.  My friend Sam always says you don’t want to wake up on New Year’s Day feeling terrible about yourself & guilty about your holiday weight gain.   Stick to healthy treats & sweets, I’ve learned to add Paleo in front of a particular food I want and search for a recipe. For example, “Paleo brownies” returned several results and the one I made with a sweet potato was actually delicious.   The recipe will be posted on Facebook in a few days.

Have a wonderful holiday season and let me be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas!

See you in the gym,

Chris

*Before starting any diet or any workout program always consult your physician first*

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