Holiday weight gain is real, and it can take about five months to lose it. According to research from Cornell University, weight gain patterns in the U.S. go up around Thanksgiving and peak around Christmas and the New Year. The best way to avoid holiday weight gain is to prevent it before it happens.
Avoid holiday weight gain with our tips:
1. Eat, drink and be merry
You can still celebrate with your friends and family without growing your waistline. Having a healthy snack before your holiday gatherings can help you avoid overeating.
2. Say no to sugar overload
Making yourself a dessert plate can be so much fun, but this season challenge yourself to say no to sugar overload. Pick one dessert and split it with a friend.
3. Seconds? No, thank you
It’s okay to say “no!” Give yourself a little time after dinner to be full. The chances are you won’t be very hungry 15 minutes after eating.
4. Cravings? Yes, please
Don’t deprive yourself during the holidays. Let yourself say “yes” to your cravings in moderation. This will help you avoid overindulging later.
5. More water, please
Try drinking a glass of sparkling water between drinks. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are typically loaded with sugar. Sparkling water can help fill you up so you can avoid those extra calories.
The holiday season can be stressful, so take some time out to de-stress. According to FIT Bodywrap, stress can lead to increased levels of cortisol which can then deposit excess calories in the midsection. Far infrared rays, as found in FIT Bodywrap, can drop your cortisol levels immediately after your session.
7. Walk more, drive less
A few extra steps a day can make all the difference. Challenge yourself to take the stairs at work or park further from the store entrance during your holiday shopping.
8. Out of sight, out of mind
Send your guests home with a tote full of holiday treats to avoid eating all the leftovers yourself. Before hosting a party, set up a leftover packing station.
9. BYOF (Bring Your Own Food)
Don’t be shy to bring a healthy alternative to your parties. There are plenty of healthy holiday recipes your friends and family are sure to love.
10. Stay active
Whether it’s extending your dog walk or sticking to your fitness program, keep moving during the holiday season. Need a boost? Profuse sweating using a FIT Bodywrap can help clear toxic debris from the body, which can help the body rebalance its natural metabolism.