How to lose weight during the holidays, great tips to help you avoid those dreadful holiday pounds and actually come out ahead!
Yep, you read that title right! I am going to share with you some ways to ensure that you not only maintain during the holidays but also LOSE! I’m not sure about you, but holiday weight gain has been an issue for me in the past! I LOVE food, and all my favorite foods come out to play this time of year. This post is NOT about saying no to all your favorites and being super-restrictive this holiday season. It IS about challenging yourself, being more in tune with your body and working hard to be a healthier, happier you! So here you go– your complete guide on How to lose weight during the holidays!
7 Time-Tested Tips To Help You Lose Weight During The Holidays
- Set a goal: This does not need to be defined by a number on the scale, although that would be a worthy goal. You could pick a goal to complete your first 5k or workout so many days a week. Just make sure it is measurable and attainable! This goal will keep you focused!
- Try something new: This is a great time to try a new fitness routine! If you have been stuck at your weight for a bit, shake things up and try something new! There are so many awesome workouts available online and right on your phone! Just make sure your new routine is challenging and that you love it! You are not going to work out if you don’t love what you’re doing!
- Shake up your diet: Have you heard of intermittent fasting? I first heard about it via a Chalene Johnson podcast and I thought what the heck, why not give it a try? I’m here to tell you that for me it is working! Very simply put, intermittent fasting is tightening the window in which you eat. By trimming down the amount of time you are actually eating you let your body stay in a “fat burn” state for longer. And you get to eat ALL your calories in a smaller window which lets you feel a little more indulgent when you do eat! Want to hear the best news? You can eat “naughty” treats and still lose as long as it fits within your daily macros! If there ever was a diet plan designed for me, this is it! I hate to even call it a diet because it’s more of a way of an eating lifestyle. I’ll be following up with more on this in a bit…
- Find an accountability buddy! This is a person that, no matter what, will help hold you accountable to your goals! Set up a schedule to check in with this person daily or more if needed! You are in this together!
- Know when to say no. Just because you’re invited to a million cookie exchanges doesn’t mean you need to go to them all! Practice saying No! It’s totally OK! You don’t need to blame it on your diet either. You can just blame it on needing to spend more time with your family. Put yourself and your goals first! Every year I used to make a huge plate of Christmas goodies to take to all my neighbors and friends. But guess what? I would eat so much as I was baking and plating that it would to take a toll every year on my waistline. Not to mention it was a TON of work! So last year I got smart and just made a fun “pun intended” gift that I could buy and give. My friends still knew I loved them and was thinking about them, but all of us benefited from a little less sugar. 😉
- Pick your indulgences: Eating and enjoying the holidays is one of the best parts of this time of year! So when you do eat a treat enjoy every bite and take your time! And once you’ve enjoyed the treat–STOP! Don’t feel guilt or shame, just enjoy the treat and move on! By calling Christmas treats “forbidden” or “naughty” you’re setting yourself up to down that whole pan. Instead, embrace the treats and practice eating them in moderation! You will be loads ahead of the game. 🙂
- Eat your nuts! Nuts are great for curbing hunger and will help keep you track! I always keep some handy to snack on as needed. They are so awesome and easy to bring along no matter what your crazy holiday schedule throws at you. Be smart and snack smart! I love these portion-controlled, grab-and-go packs from Orchard Valley Harvest. They come in 1 oz and 2 oz packets which are PERFECT sizes and I can easily fit them into my calories for the day.
I love to live by the philosophy that no foods should be off limits but there should be limits on all foods. There is no reason to limit any foods from your diet, except of course if you have a legitimate food allergy or sensitivity. But you should limit the quantity, learn to respect your “full” feelings and stop as soon as you hit it!