The holidays are a time to “eat, drink, and be merry.” The problem is, too much of this often leads to regret. Our bodies don’t forget over-indulgence, and it’s difficult to get back on track after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.
In fact, according to a 2016 study by the New England Journal of Medicine, it takes an average of five months to lose holiday weight. So, careless holiday eating can haunt you right up to swimsuit season!
Luckily, you can avoid being a statistic by planning ahead. Here’s how you can stick to your wellness goals, despite holiday temptations:
When temperatures drop and the dark of night comes earlier, it’s tough to muster the motivation to get out of the house. It’s even more difficult when your favorite holiday movies are on, and treats you love are just an arm’s-length away.
By scheduling activity in the morning, you set the stage for the entire day. You’ll be less likely to binge when you think of the great workout you had earlier, plus it’ll already be done so you won’t have to worry about finding the motivation to exercise after a long day at work!
Plan for the Party
Holiday parties are a staple of the season. Instead of skipping the fun for fear of overdoing it, plan for success.
Eat regular meals throughout the day. If you show up ravenous, you’re sure to make unhealthy choices. Instead, check out the spread and be picky. Choose foods you can’t get other times of the year, and can’t easily make yourself.
When building your plate, keep half the items “healthy” (fresh fruit, veggies). Picklean protein over foods laden with carbs and fat.
Always have water in your dominant hand. You’ll be less likely to mindlessly snack while socializing. Also, keep track of liquid calories. A few glasses of wine quickly add up!
Overall, remember that holiday gatherings are less about food, and more about the company. As you “eat” and “drink,” don’t forget the real focus is to “be merry” and enjoy yourself, and time spent making memories with friends and family.
Don’t Wait for January
Nothing’s going to change just because of what it says on the calendar. That’s why you shouldn’t make unrealistic goals that will almost certainly set you up for failure. Instead, use the last few weeks of the outgoing year to make concrete plans for self-improvement. Discover ways to finally attain the body you’ve always dreamed of.
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