To survive the holidays we first have to look at where our thoughts are. If we tell ourselves that we are going to gain 10 lbs. during the holidays than guess what is going to happen. The first step is to believe that it is possible to not only survive the holidays but to win during the holidays. Online fitness training makes it easy to get your workouts in during the holidays.
The golden rules to follow for your diet are to eat the right total amount of calories and eat them in small meals throughout the day. Live Lean Today can create an optimal diet for you: take the 7 day free trial. This can be done during the holidays, and it can be easier to eat throughout the day during the holidays. Typically people have lots of food available during this time. Even if the food that is available is cookies, remember that eating cookies are still better than not eating at all. The key is to eat them in moderation. Depending on exactly what is in the cookies, 1 to 2 cookies is probably the same amount of calories as the average person’s snack. You lack nutrition value with the cookies but if you don’t over eat though they will not be stored as fat. Even if they are rich in fiber, if you eat to many they will be stored as fat.
When we look at the holidays also remember we are only looking at a few days that are probably going to be bad. Having one or two days of indulging will not kill your diet completely and isn’t going to add weight. It’s the conisistent snacking over the course of a month that does. Concentrate on eating healthy for the majority of the days and then you can celebrate the few days you want to with out guilt. If you have 28 days of good eating, three days of cookies and eggnog are not going to matter.
1. Eat all the sweets in moderation, and remember that if you are eating them they will count as your meal for that time.
2. Have a little of all the great food at the big meals and then use the leftovers three hours later to enjoy the meal again.
3. Have water on hand so if you must have something to drink at all times during the party it doesn’t have to be drinks that add calories.
4. Be careful of deserts that say fat free or sugar free. Fat free is typically replaced with sugar and sugar free replaced with fat. Look for lower total calorie desert instead of sugar or fat free. Make deserts with less calories in then so you can enjoy more of them.
5. Find a way to still exercise even if it isn’t your expected program. Keeping yourself physically active will also keep you from loosing ground on your fitness.
6. Flavored teas can be a great low calorie substitute for hot coco or eggnog.
7. Fight the crowds at the mall: walking at the mall or other stores can be another way to add some physical activity. Using the stairs at the mall instead of the escalators can be a great way to burn extra calories. Park in the back of the lot and walk more to the mall for additional activity.
8. Eat desert three hours after your meal so desert can be your next small meal.
9. The better you eat throughout the day leading up to your parties the harder it is to over eat even if all the food is presented in front of you.
10. Enjoy the holidays, we cause more problems to ourselves with the added stress we create during this time than what any cookie or candy will create for you.