‘Tis The Season to Be Healthy – Personal Trainer Pacific Palisades

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Happy Holidays Indeed

The holidays are a time where families and friends get together to enjoy the company of each other, but not without tons and tons of fatty foods filled with sugar of course! The holiday season is the time where people gain weight the most, which isn’t too hard to imagine due to all of those delicious sweets, pumpkin pies, green bean casseroles, houses made of gingerbread, and high caloric beverages like alcohol and eggnog. These foods are hard to avoid, but it can definitely be done and the advice below will help you do so.

The key is to always remember your goal in mind. Look at the food for what they really are, high carbs and calories. Imagine that each bite you take or sip you drink will add pounds to your body instantly, which is essentially what it does. The holidays aren’t about inhaling more food than the person beside you; they’re about family and friends. Keep that in mind to better defend yourself again the temptations of these foods. What are the consequences of only a few bites? Well, tons of hours working out will be the consequence just to burn off a bit of holiday fat. Stick to your diet as best as you can this season.

If you are the type of person to attend quite a number of parties, then it may be best to eat a healthy meal at home before going. Chewing gum may also be a good idea as it will keep your mouth distracted and help you pay more attention to the people around you rather than the food. If you still find it difficult to resist, then you may want to wear a tight undershirt to keep the stomach contracted. Try to stay as far as away from the food table as you can and if you do end up getting a plate, make it a very small one with the healthiest foods available. The holiday season can be quite rough, but it is important that you leave enough time for exercise. Don’t let yourself gain too much weight or you’ll have a difficult time getting back to where you were before.

Moderation is the key. Of course it is okay to have your favorite dish during the holiday, but not at every single event you attend. If you enjoy condiments on your foods, well try to avoid those as a lot of calories come from those as well. For those that enjoy meat during this season, be sure to peel of the skin to reduce the calories by quite a bit. Holiday foods are especially hard to resist considering they’re only available one season of the year, though you should only have a little of what you enjoy the most and none of what you like a little. Alcohol and eggnog are major concerns as well, so have one drink and only water for the rest of the night. Since most family and friend events are food-focused, it may be a good time to suggest a new idea to perform during these times. It can be a game, craft, fun activity, or anything else that will get everyone’s mind off of food.

By using the advice above, you should be able to successfully avoid those holiday calories to maintain your weight. It would be quite discouraging to start the New Year off with more pounds than you had four months ago, so keep that in mind when attending these events. Proper physical activity plays a major role in keeping you at your weight level, so it may be a good idea to enroll in a fitness program that will help you achieve the weight you desire and keep you there for the long run. Give me a call or send an email so we can get started on creating this plan today!

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