Grab something to eat before you head out shopping. If you fill yourself up you’re less likely to overindulge when you’re out and about. Skipping meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.
Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.
Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once. Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones. Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.
It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten.
You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs.
Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.
You should set realistic exercise goals. Aim to workout four times a week for 20 minutes. Keep the workouts intense and that should enough to keep you on track over the Christmas period. If you plan to workout seven times a week for one hour or more the chances are you won’t achieve it and you’ll end up disappointed with yourself.
Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.
This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.
Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”
So, there you go. Ten simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.