It’s that time of the year again, holiday parties and more food than you could dream of. You made it through Thanksgiving to kick off the season but more is on the way.
Here are 5 simple but effective tips to prevent holiday weight gain:
1) Keep Your Workout Schedule the Same
With the holidays and days off of work surrounding it can be very tempting to ditch your workout schedule completely. Don’t do it! Make it a point to maintain the same schedule throughout the entire holiday season.
If you are traveling and have to make changes, try to account for these changes by moving your workout schedule to front-load the workouts for before you leave.
2) Track Your Food Intake
Tracking your intake of foods can be a great tool to help keep things in check year round. Even more so during the holiday parties and desserts. Use an app like MyFitnessPal on your phone and you will make sure to stay within your limits of macros and total calories!
3) Eat Before the Party
Before you head off to a Christmas or New Year’s Party it can be very beneficial to eat a healthy meal to help prevent overeating all of the unhealthy party foods. Try eating foods that are higher in fiber, protein, and healthy fats to help stay full longer and make it through the party unscathed!
4) Find A Friend To Keep You Accountable
Accountability is key to success with your fitness goals, especially in more difficult times like the holidays.
Find someone to team up with to make sure you both keep the extra pounds off. Consider making a simple wager, if you gain any unwanted weight or body fat you owe them a prize of their choice. Same goes on their end. This wager could help you stay in check, just make sure to agree on the prizes beforehand!
5) Make a Plan If Traveling
If you are traveling to see family for the holiday, take the time to sit down and plan out where and how you will work out.
Staying in a hotel? Check the website or call to see what kind of facilities are available. If minimal facilities are available check around for nearby gyms that you could use to ensure you get your training in.
If worse comes to worst and there are no gyms available, pack a simple resistance band and furniture sliders for exercises you can do anywhere!