How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Dec 10th, 2017

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Christmas and New Years are just a few weeks away, and most of us are stressing about the different ways to keep ourselves in shape and not put on too much weight over this festive season. Try these tips from our team. You might be surprised by how you can still be social while staying in shape during Christmas time.

 

Prepare. Start your diet now.

Why start to restrict yourself at Christmas, not before? Maybe get a head start by cutting out high-calorie foods, alcohol, and sweets before the actual feast, so that you can enjoy the foods you’ve been waiting for all year! Start as soon as you can, as early as 3 to 4 weeks ahead. Keep your meals to a fist-sized portion of whole grains and a palm-sized portion each of lean protein and colourful vegetables.

 

Increase your activity level.

If you know that you won’t have time to train while traveling, partying, or shopping, try to squeeze 1 to 2 extra sessions into your training schedule in order to maximize your caloric output before the holiday. Don’t have time for a full session? Aim for a Tabata or HIIT workout, and you can get it done within 20 to 30 minutes.

 

If you have dinners and gatherings planned, why not plan your training the same way? Instead of skipping workouts because you are hung over, why not say no to the extra glass of wine and yes to hitting the gym in the morning?

 

It’s all about balance.

Enjoying Christmas doesn’t mean you need to go all-in on food and drinks. You don’t enjoy them more by doing so. The key is keeping a good balance. Try to maintain this mind-set: “Eat bad today, eat better tomorrow.” If you know that you will be overconsuming food and drinks today, balance it out tomorrow by cutting your calorie intake and working extra hard.

 

Challenge yourself with a mini weekly workout before Christmas.

If you will be traveling (or not traveling but just too busy to fit in a full hour of training), try some mini challenges to maintain your motivation and activity level, such as burpee Tabata sets, a push ups and squats set, or a chin ups and lunges set. I guarantee that you’ll get a good, sweaty workout!

 

Use these tips to say goodbye to 2017, and you’ll start the new year fit and healthy!

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