It’s that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner — frosted cookies at the office, eggnog at your neighbor’s, or chocolates in your stocking. Unfortunately, the average adult does a little too much celebrating during this time of year resulting in extra holiday weight gain when the New Year rings in.
Experts have reduced their estimate of the average weight gain during the holidays from about seven pounds to about one pound. Still, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight gained during the winter months.
Although this time of year may bring upon additional stresses and challenges, there are ways to find balance and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some tips to help you during those hectic holiday weeks:
Prepare in Advance
Don’t ever go to a party when you are hungry because it sets you up for overindulging. Try to have a nutritious snack beforehand. And when you arrive be sure to drink some water to fill up before filling up on party food. Also try to make sure you’re well rested before arriving, because we tend to make really bad decisions when we are tired.
Pace Yourself but Have a Little
This time of year you will be bombarded with candy, cookies, stuffing and a variety of other rich foods. You should definitely enjoy some of your favorite treats this time of the year, but the key is to practice portion control and to eat at a leisurely pace. Also try to put your fork down between every bite which will slow down your food consumption and put you in control.
One of the major causes of weight gain during the holidays is lack of activity. If you can’t exercise as often during this time period as you normally do, adjust appropriately. Don’t use the excuse that since you don’t have time for your full workout you just won’t workout at all. Instead accept your limited availability and simply reduce the frequency and/or duration of your exercise. It’s much better to cut your fitness time in half than to completely eliminate it.
Avoid High Calorie Drinks
Avoid wasting calories on alcoholic beverages. The average alcoholic drink contains 150 – 200 calories per glass. That means in just 2-3 drinks you’ve drunk the equivalent calories of an entire meal. If you partake in these beverages, choose wisely. For example, instead of having a full glass of wine, try mixing half a glass of wine with sparkling water or with a diet soda. This will help cut your calories in half. Not only does alcohol add extra calories, but it can also stimulate your appetite and reduce your will power. Too many drinks can also cause you to lose the ability to make smart eating choices.
Focus on Socializing
Don’t linger at the buffet or in the kitchen. If you are in close proximity to all the guilty temptations, you’ll struggle to keep from unconsciously nibbling Instead try to focus on socializing; remembering one of the great things about the holidays is spending time with friends and family.
Hopefully these tips will help you prevent holiday weight gain and find a balance between staying fit and also enjoying the fun of the season. Remember, moderation is the key. Have a great holiday season!
If you still feed the need for extra help during the holiday season, we suggest Corti-Thin, one of the most effective diet aids on the market. Our all natural, ephedra-free supplement when used daily in conjunction with a sensible diet and moderate exercise program works by attacking stress-induced cortisol production, reducing appetite, burning excess calories and boosting energy levels, thereby helping you to reduce belly fat and lose weight.