Yes, it may seem as if I’m writing about this early, and it’s because I am. Everyone seems to use the holidays as a ‘free pass’ to indulge, yet, if you have a game plan, you can still indulge and keep your weight at bay, and perhaps even lose weight this holiday season!
Here’s some things to think about as you prepare for the holidays.
Make fitness a priority. Is it already? If not, plan out some small steps that will get you moving this winter. You can also use your friends and co-workers as accountability partners with this and walk over lunch or create mini fitness challenges.
Track your food. Nobody likes to hear this one, but I still go back to this when I need a quick reality check. Keep in mind, everything adds up – coffee creamer, soda, cookies, and so much more. Even though it seems small and insignificant, it can do more damage than you think. Here’s an example – a sugar cookie from Panera Bread is a whopping 460 calories! In just one cookie! That’s more than 25% of your total daily intake on one cookie! One of my favorite apps to track food is myfitnesspal.
Limit alcohol. Not only does alcohol contain lots of extra calories, it also lowers inhibitions and makes you more likely to eat more. If you are going to have a drink, choose wisely!
Bring your food to work. It’s really easy to give in to temptation at work! So many delicious goodies and holiday parties. By bringing your own food to work, you will know what you are eating and be better able stay on the right track.
Drink your water. Studies show that the more water people drink per day, the fewer calories they ingest. The suggested water intake varies per person, because your needs are different based on your weight. So, take your weight, divide it by two, and that is how many ounces of water you should drink per day. Keep in mind that coffee, soda and alcohol are de-hydrators and so you need to drink more water if you drink other beverages as well.
By incorporating these 5 tips into your daily routine, you should be able to keep the weight off this holiday season, if not lose weight. We all have to start somewhere. Let’s not wait until 2019 to begin this journey. You got this!