5 Tips to Survive Christmas
- Keep the focus on fun, not food
Most holidays are associated with certain foods. Christmas at your house might not be the same without your aunt's green been casserole, but that doesn't mean food has to be the main focus. Instead, throw yourself into the other rituals a holiday brings, whether it's board games or tree trimming.
- Indulge in only the most special holiday treats.
Skip the store-bought cookies at Christmas, but do save some calories in your 'budget' to sample treats that are homemade and special to your family, such as your wife's special Yule log cake. Training yourself what to indulge in and what to skip is much like budgeting your mad money: Do you want to blow it on garbage that you can buy anywhere or on a very special, one-of-a-kind souvenir? Just don't completely deprive yourself on festive days - your willpower will eventually snap, and you'll end up overeating.
- Make the change!
The habit: Staying physically active during the holidays.
The result: Gaining less weight over the years.
The proof: A study conducted by the U.S. government found adults gained, on average, more than a pound of body weight during the winter holidays - and that they were not at all likely to shed that weight the following year. (That may not sound like a lot now, but it means having to buy roomier pants after a few Christmases pass.) The good news is that the people who reported the most physical activity through the holiday season showed the least weight gain. Some even managed to lose weight.
- Stock the freezer with healthy meals.
Everyone's overly busy during the holidays, and most of us want to spend our time shopping, decorating, or seeing friends and family, which leaves less time to cook healthy meals. Take defensive action several weeks ahead of time by cooking meals intended specifically for the freezer. You'll be thankful later when you can pop one of the meals into the oven or microwave and turn your attention instead to writing out holiday cards with a personal message in each.
- Consult a Professional for Advice!
In almost all things in life, your results are better when you ask a professional for help! So if you don't feel like you can stay active without someone holding you accountable, hire a trainer. If you fee like no matter what you do you will end up eating a whole tray of cookies, consult a nutritionist! Don't set yourself up for failure! If this is you, I invite you to try the "trial package" at Peak Physique! My time will be very limited soon, so act now!