17 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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You ready for the cookie onslaught? Credit: Bunches and Bits {Karina}

We shared some great expert tips here last week on avoiding holiday weight gain. Kelly Turner shared tips last week over on Fit Bottomed Girls that I thought I’d be silly not to share here. So buckle up and read on for some holiday help on staying motivated and coming out on the other side in January! 

This is it, ladies. Get ready. We are entering five-alarm, high-alert, all-hands-on-deck weight-gain season. Buckle up, because just like every year, it’s going to be a rough ride.

You are about to be bombarded with temptation after yummy temptation, designed to test your willpower, your resolve and the waistband of your favorite jeans. You won’t be safe anywhere: not at work, with friends, not even in your own home. Even your family cannot be trusted.

You can, however, come out of the holiday season and enter the New Year healthier and happier than ever. You, yes, you, can say no to food pushers and just-one-won’t-hurters with poise and grace. You, YOU!, can keep a consistent exercise routine even when the winter blues and holiday stress threaten to keep you sedentary. How, you ask? How do you develop this impenetrable barrier that junk food and laziness cannot penetrate? By arming yourself with an escape plan, an eject button or an effective stiff arm. On second thought, don’t do that. Grandma means well with her famous sweet potato pie; you don’t need to lay her out. Just pack a few of these tips away in your arsenal to use when the time is right and protect yourself from enemies threatening to fill your bowl full of jelly!

17 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

1. Learn to say no. You don’t have to go to every single party. Prioritize to avoid overextending yourself and to cut down on those “special occasions” we use as excuses to splurge. Which reminds me…

2. Remember that the holidays are the special occasions where you can treat yourself. The entire holiday season, which lasts months, isn’t a free pass.

3. Remember to breathe. It’s the holidays—it’s supposed to be a FUN time. Stress and anxiety are just as much hazards to your health as skipping a workout, so take time yourself to destress. Read a book, take a yoga class or soak in a bubble bath; do whatever soothes your soul.

4. Get plenty of sleep. Aim for six to eight hours of sleep every night. It may sound impossible, but your metabolism, your energy level and your loved ones will thank you.

5. “Treat” others like you would want to be “treated.” You have to give everyone and their brother a gift: your hair stylist, the host of every party you attend, your boss, babysitter, etc. and the easiest and cheapest thing is a plate of cookies or breads. Stop the vicious cycle: you don’t want cookies, so why give them to someone else? Set an example by making something healthy, but still delicious, like seasoned nuts or homemade granola. Not only are you keeping the crap out of your house, lessening your chances of munching on a few, but you’ll also show those closest to you that you care about their health, too.


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