Bet you read that title and thought, “Mhmmm, right, lose weight over the Holidays? Not I.” Non-Holiday weight loss can be hard enough and you may be skeptical, but we’re sure you’ve noticed that we trainers often expect a little more out of you than you’d normally expect from yourself, and more importantly that you always seem to meet or exceed our expectations. So take it from us – you can lose weight over the Holiday; call it what you will – a leap of faith; a thanksgiving hail-Mary; a Christmas miracle - but be sure to follow these 5 tips we’ve put together for you for Holiday weight loss:
1. Have a plan. Diet and exercise are habitual, but you can’t just wake up one day and expect them to be already woven into the fabric of your Ugly Holiday sweater. Plan around the Holiday mayhem. If you have 3 Holiday dinner parties in one week, then you also have 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 4 regular ol’ meals to eat. Make them super clean (or even cut back a little). Same goes for exercise. Holiday party at night? Schedule a morning workout or plan your rest day around it.
2. Don’t let one off day derail you. The Holiday season is long my friend. Three parties and a dozen Gingerbread cookies later you may be thinking, “heck, I’ll just burn it off in 2015.” No. Let me stop you right there. Don’t wait for “tomorrow” – dust yourself off. It’s not the end of the world and you can get started again riiiiiiight… NOW. We all make mistakes – especially when thrown into social situations and mixed with a little eggnog (not for you though – read tip number 3).
3. You can drink… you know there’s a “but” coming… BUT keep it to a minimum and be smart about your drink of choice. What’s the trick to getting through those awkward Holiday parties with your co-workers? Hard alcohol. Just kidding. Sort of. Unless you’re drinking a Budweiser Select (and yes, I’m judging you), stay away from the beer – high in calories and high in carbs. Vodka, gin, whiskey – mix them with some soda (water that is) and you’re good to go.
4. Find a community. Shameless plug for Pura Vida Urban – come on in! Remind yourself on the daily that you enjoy working out (or at least the mental and physical benefits of it when it’s over). Meet your neighbors with similar interests (you might even make a new friend who you can workout with over the Holidays). Also, even though we’re closed the day before, the day of and the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas, online communities are open 24/7. Websites like reddit and SparkPeople can provide you with Holiday recipes and workout tips.
5. Make exercise a priority. No ifs ands or buts about it. The days are short and you’ll be spending a lot of time inside. If you make the time to exercise, you will not only feel better about yourself, but you’ll also have higher quality interactions with your family and friends. Schedule it in. Get it done.
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