Holiday Tips

I can't believe it, but it's that time of the year again! The holiday season is right around the corner! This is my favorite time of the year; I just love it!

But it's also the time of year when you are bombarded with bad foods, much more so than usual. If you are not careful, you can easily gain 5-10lbs just between November and December! I think it's okay to have a few treats during the holidays, but too many treats will add up.

My last issue of Muscle & Fitness Hers listed 37 ways to stay in shape over the holidays, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite ones:

*Don't skip meals. Before a holiday party or get-together, make sure to eat all your usual meals for the day. If you skip meals or starve yourself beforehand, you will most likely overeat at the event.

*Don't arrive to parties hungry. Blunt your appetite by having a healthy snack right before the party. Pair a protein such as eggs, yogurt, or cottage cheese with a complex carb like fruit or vegetables to keep you full longer.

*Eat super clean around parties. If you know that you are going to indulge, adjust your cheat meals around the event. Try to eat even more clean than usual the days before and after, and maybe even add in an extra cardio session.

*Work out the day of the holiday party. Try to get in an intense workout on the day of the event. This will speed up your metabolism for the day, and it may also help you mentally to avoid eating bad foods. You won't want to ruin your all your hard work by putting horrible stuff into your body!

*Avoid the snowball effect. If you mess up one day, get right back on track the next. Don't let one slip-up lead to continual overeating. Then you'll be sure to pack on the pounds.

*Bring healthy food with you to work. If you have healthy food on hand such as almonds, fruits, or veggies, this will help you to avoid temptations when employees bring in pies or cookies.

*Be careful about the alcoholic beverages you consume. Stay away from the drinks that contain tons of calories. For example, drink light beer or red wine instead of butter rum or spiked egg nog.

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