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5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

It’s the season for family get togethers, office parties, holiday parties, and cheer!

With all of the tasty desserts, appetizers, and catering, it’s easy to push aside your healthy eating habits.

With a few easy to follow tips, you will be able to survive the holidays without seeing an increase on your scale.

  1. Start your day with a healthy protein and add some complex carbohydrates. This will have you feeling fuller longer and help you stay away from the office pastries. It will also provide you with more energy throughout your morning.
  2. Get up early, get moving, and get your blood flowing by getting your workout in first thing in the morning. This too, will give you more energy throughout your day! You will also be more likely to get your workout in if you accomplish it in the morning.
  3. Find ways to MOVE your body throughout your day! If you don’t have time to go to the gym, look for easy ways to work exercise into your daily activities. You can rake leaves, shovel the snow, clean windows, take the stairs, park further from the building you are going into — these small changes add up throughout the course of a day.
  4. It’s almost impossible to avoid all of the delicious temptations that seem to be everywhere around the holidays. Consider a little give and take when it comes to what you eat and exercising. Tell yourself if you have an extra cookie, that you will do 50 jumping jacks, or an exercise you feel comfortable doing.  Keep track on your phone of what you have eaten and make it a challenging game to play. This way you can still indulge in holiday cheer while staying true to your fitness regime.
  5. Don’t beat yourself up. It is difficult to stay on track during the holidays. The kindness and good cheer you are extending to others should also be extended to yourself. If you can’t make it to the gym, don’t beat yourself up. Be the best you can be. Be mindful of the foods you eat, and remember that balance is key to a healthy lifestyle during the holidays!
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