It’s no surprise people gain weight during the holidays. I mean, there’s all that delicious food and somebody has to eat it!
The average person gains 3-5 lbs in the last 2 months of the year. With all the extra “holiday parties” comes all the extra food…food you may not normally eat on a regular basis. And although “the holidays” consist of only 3 days (Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanakuh, New Years) there are always numerous parties and events to get together with friends and family. While we can still enjoy ourselves and have a “blasty blast”…here are 3 quick and easy steps to avoid gaining that extra “holiday weight!”
1. NEVER EVER GO TO A PARTY HUNGRY! This is almost as dangerous as going to the grocery store hungry. If your parties are anything like mine, there are appetizers, snacks, Hor d’oeuvres, and unhealthy beverages, and that’s just within the first 2 hours. And your hungry temptation will eventually strike. Either that or as soon as the main course is ready you’ll over eat anyway. Plus, who knows what kind of unhealthy “food” is being prepared or HOW it’s being prepared. I’m not saying you can’t eat anything, but if you eat before you go you’ll be much less likely to pig out on the nastiness!
2. PLAN AHEAD! With the holiday season comes the holiday stress! There are gifts, and shopping, and traveling, and deadlines, and shopping…yeah shopping is stressful! Do yourself a favor, take a deep breath and relax. Plan everything. Plan your trips, your clothes, your gifts, and plan your budget! Don’t overspend because you feel you have to buy your grandpa’s neighbor a new fishing rod. Gift cards make great gifts! And don’t skip out on the things you should be doing, like your adjustments! If you plan accordingly you will have time for everything!
3. DON’T SKIP THE GYM! Nothing is worse than eating extra food, extra desserts, being stressed, overspending, and on top of all that NOT exercising! If you just can’t fit it into your day, refer back to tip #2. And if you still can’t fit it in, you’re working out wrong! My workouts take me 12 minutes/day. And if you don’t know who I am or what I look like, just trust me when I say it works!
So there ya have it folks! Comment away or ask questions if ya got ’em.
God Bless, Dr. Matt McNabb