Avoiding weight gain during the holidays can be challenging for everyone, particularly for overstretched mothers. Thanksgiving kicks off a five-week gauntlet of holiday parties and celebrations that doesn’t end until the new year. But rather than resigning yourself to putting on weight and dealing with it as part of your 2015 New Year’s resolutions, devise some strategies to end 2014 strong—and at or below the weight you began the holiday season. Here’s how:
- Breakfast. Make a pact to start each day off with a healthy, nutritious meal. It will set the tone for your day, jumpstart your metabolism, and give you an edge in making nutritious choices throughout the day, especially when it’s full of holiday temptations.
- Eat BEFORE the Party. Even the most casual holiday parties offer a large spread of nutritional pitfalls, ranging from dips and chips to endless decadent desserts. Arrive at a party hungry, and surely you’ll eat whatever is there. Instead, have a normal meal beforehand and limit yourself to just one or two party bites.
- Regular Workouts. With a packed schedule it’s easy to let exercise slip to the bottom of your to-do list. Make regular exercise a priority. Exercise will help relieve stress, boost your immune system, and counter balance extra holiday calories. Drop-in for Active Moms’ Club Fit & Fab Small Group Training sessions, they offer calorie-blasting, interval-based workouts in a supportive and motivating environment.
- Portion Size. While a few pieces of turkey or beef can be a healthy punch of protein, it’s typically the mounds of unhealthy side dishes (plus desserts!) during holiday dinners that set back your diet. Limit yourself to one plate of food at dinner or during a holiday party; place a sample of each food item you enjoy on your plate. Avoid going back for seconds; the tenth bite of your favorite food tastes the same as the first.
- Enjoy the Holidays. It wouldn’t be the holidays without friends, fun, and family traditions. Don’t throw caution to the wind when it comes to your exercise and nutrition, but recognize that the 35-day stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day represents just one-eighth of the year. Follow the 80/20 rule and make good nutrition choices 80% of each day. So instead of stressing about possible holiday weight gain, maintain perspective and save opportunities to enjoy your favorite holiday indulgences.
Share your strategies on how you plan to avoid holiday weight gain this season.