With the holiday season in full swing, you’ll likely be tempted with a variety of delicious spreads. Before you know it, your weight loss plan and sticking to a regular exercise program quickly slide down the tubes as well. Fortunately, with just a few steps, you can curb those cravings and get back on track. For seven easy breezy ways to keep off or lose unsightly holiday pounds, keep scrolling…
1. Opt for healthy choices.
Be consistent. By consuming five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, you’ll stay nourished and have more confidence when it comes to avoiding those excess sugar highs and lows that can lead to one heck of a sugar crash.
2. Indulge once a day.
Now, we’re not saying totally deprive yourself of pumpkin pie, cookie cutouts and egg nog. Simply practice moderation by allotting yourself to one treat — not a smorgasbord of cookies, candies and cocktails.
Also, utilize the power of “no.” While you may feel pressured to taste everything a host may present you with, politely say ‘Looks delicious, but no thank you. I’ve reached my limit for the day.”
3. Shy away from temptation.
Don’t place treats on your kitchen counter, desk, or in that special draw as it will feel as if they are staring you in the face. Be honest with yourself and your weaknesses so you can more easily avoid them.
4. Never party hungry.
Just like it’s a terrible idea to go grocery shopping when hungry, one of the worst things you can do is starve yourself before a holiday shindig. This will likely lead to a series of misguided efforts to stock up on calories.
5. Exercise daily and in small bursts.
Break up your exercise throughout the day to reach 30 minutes per day. Try two 15-minute walks or a 30-minute shopping outing with some extra lifts of those packages you’re carrying.
6. Watch those liquid calories.
Holidays are notorious for tempting us with drinks we wouldn’t normally consume. Alcohol offers no nutrients, just empty calories.
Eggnog coffee drinks with whipped cream, hot toddies and spiced rum can have as many calories as