How to Maintain a Fit Life During the Holidays

by bstevens

It’s hard not to get starry-eyed during the holidays with all the decadent food and drinks that are around. Guess what? You don’t have to choose between celebrating the holidays and enjoying that fit life. Let’s kick those excuses to the curb!

By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT
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We feel pretty confident that you have either heard or said at least one of these phrases during the holiday season:

“It’s just one bite.”

“I’ll work it off later.”

“I only get these once a year.”

“It will hurt their feelings if I don’t eat it – I don’t want to be rude.”

“There’s protein in these at least.”

“There’s not as much sugar in this choice.”

Have you heard the expression, “Excuses don’t burn calories”? This expression hits the nail on the head for those excuses above. It may be a quirky saying on a gym goers tank top, but it’s also a genuinely good reality check. Making a reason for yourself to be excused from reaching your goals and being the fit, healthy and happy person you want to be, isn’t going to make you 10 pounds lighter. Harsh? Maybe. But coddling yourself is only going to make you madder and more frustrated that you didn’t practice self control earlier. I don’t want you spending the new year beating yourself up!

A study done by Cornell University showed that it took holiday weight gainers up to 5 months or more to lose the weight they put on between November and December. You guys, 5 months is a hair short of half of a year. That means half of the year was spent working hard to shed weight that they put on in less than 10 weeks. YIKES! Another study stated that only 25% of those trying to lose their holiday weight, lost it all. Another YIKES!

Try using these helpful holiday tips to make gatherings easier on your temptations:

  • Use a small plate to put your food on. Yes, even your main course.
  • Split a dessert with someone.
  • Have one drink and make it last.
  • Chew your food slowly. Try counting to 10 after each bite.
  • Wear tighter clothing. (I don’t know a person in the world that feels confident after eating a holiday meal and wearing a form fitting outfit.)
  • Drink a glass of water before you sit down to eat.
  • Don’t use additional dipping sauces, drizzles, butter, etc.
  • Offer to be the one who prepares the holiday food. You can make it healthy and to your standards. If someone doesn’t want to eat it, that’s fine! More for you later, but also less guilt for you later!

Temptation is going to be ALL over the place. You may have even already fallen victim to the holiday food vs. healthy body fiasco. Take a few of my tips and apply them to your upcoming holiday parties and family get-togethers  You will be so happy that you said no to those temporary feelings and cravings.

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I am NCCPT certified Personal Trainer Betsy Stevens and I train out of Golds Gym on Chapel Hill Road and Hospital Drive in Douglasville, Ga.