How Can I Avoid Gaining Weight?
It doesn't have to be that way. You can enjoy the holidays without putting on the obligatory five to ten pounds.
The trick is to stay sensible and say no without depriving yourself. The tray of fudge and cookies that is circulating around your office can be tempting, but it is just these kinds of treats over a period of weeks that can cause the weight gain you are trying to avoid, not one turkey dinner.
Eating healthy portions, saying no or limiting empty calorie, high-sugar treats and staying active are your best bets for beating holiday weight gain.
How To Say No Without Depriving Yourself
OK, a holiday with no treats doesn't sound like much fun, does it? You don't have to deny yourself all the treats, you just have to keep it reasonable. Here are some strategies to get you through it:
- Most treat binges happen when you are hungry and stressed. Identify your triggers and take steps to avoid them. Is it the cookies at the office that show up when you are hungry and feeling sluggish? Make sure you keep healthy snacks and water at your desk at all times. Avoid hunger so you won't over-indulge in snacks.
- Try not to over schedule and over stress yourself. This can lead to overeating and eating unhealthy foods. Remember to keep plenty of healthy snacks and drinks on hand, even in the car, that way you will be less likely to hit the fast food drive-through while you are out shopping.
- Avoid over-indulging in alcohol. This has a lot of sugar and can contribute to weight gain.
- Keep your portions at holiday meals reasonable. Stuff the turkey, not yourself.
- Stay active. Hit the gym if you can, if you can't, then get a workout in at home.
If getting to the gym on a regular basis isn't an option, you can do cardiovascular and strength training exercise at home. Jump rope, push-ups, squats and jumping jacks are all good exercises you can do at home with no equipment.
If you need an extra push to get you exercising, you could hire a personal trainer to create a custom workout for you based on your goals and current level of fitness. Ralph Roberts has been coaching clients for years. Find him at the Downtown Athletic Club.