How to avoid gaining weight over the Holidays.

It is the time of the year when your diet and fitness plans start to all unravel.  You know you find yourself picking at all that left over Halloween candy! Then in a couple of weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  Of course before Thanksgiving you find yourself having Friendsgiving, or in my case Runsgiving.  Then there is the office Thanksgiving celebration.  That is a lot of pie, turkey, stuffing, wine, and beer. You can already find people putting up the Christmas trees and find Christmas music on the radio.  Think Christmas parties, cookie swaps, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and leftovers.  Finally, New Years Eve.  With that comes even more food and much more alcohol.  No wonder many people will put on 10 lbs over the next month!  On top of that, add in the hustle and bustle and crazy busyness, causing people to skip their workouts. Yikes!  Here are some tips to help you keep your health and fitness in the forefront this holiday season.

  1. First of all, it is time to get rid of all of that candy. Donate your candy to Soldier’s Angels.  You will be putting that candy towards a good cause.
  2. Fill up your plate with salad and veggies before you move onto the carb loaded stuffing, breads, potatoes, etc.
  3. Sign up for a local turkey trot and go for a run with the family Thanksgiving morning. It will make a little room for the extra calories. You can sign up for a virtual race giving money towards a good cause if you can’t commit to an actual race.
  4. Create a 30 day fitness challenge with friends and family. Some challenge ideas can be a step challenge, run 1 mile a day, squat challenge,  push-ups challenge, etc. You get the idea.
  5. Skip the dessert and/or the alcohol. Make a choice in what you’re going to indulge in.  That is an easy one for me.  I will take the wine and skip the dessert.
  6. Track all of your calories. That piece of candy from Halloween just added 60-80 calories to your diet.  It adds up.
  7. Make the gym a priority. Shopping online certainly frees up some time.  Use that freed up time for the gym. Why wait until the New Year to join the gym.
  8. Make sure to drink a lot of water. Water is overlooked by too many people.  Drinking water with your meals will help you to feel fuller.
  9. Skip the leftovers. If you have a lot of leftovers you can drop them off to a local shelter.
  10. Enjoy the holidays within reason and make good healthy choices!  Remember why you want to be healthy and fit!

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26 thoughts on “How to avoid gaining weight over the Holidays.

  1. I too will be skipping dessert and saving more room for red wine lol. Great advice it’s good to be conscious of our habits when attempting to lose or keep weight off. I’m on a health journey of my own and I appreciate this post

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  2. I think the diet should stop in December, it’s cold and we need some fat stores, otherwise we might freeze. At least that is what I tell myself when I am helping myself to some cookies 😉

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  3. Do I really have to get rid of the candy, the quality street chocolates, my Belgian ones? Oh my I think I will just taste a bit and then increase my salad and loads of water.

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  4. I agree with you about skipping dessert and alcohol. It is so hard to gain weight over the holidays but with these tips you can prevent it.

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  5. I am going to eat all that I want but not over eat. I often find myself with my stomach hurting from over eating at the end of dinner. Instead I will notice when i have gotten full and stop….or at least take a break lol

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  6. I know I need to make healthier choices during this time and I’m trying, but I could eat a whole pan of stuffing by myself. I’m going to try to limit the bad stuff and shoot for the salad goods.

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  7. These are the tips I needed to hear! The holidays are such a struggle for me, I will have to remember these the next time I want to indulge!

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