Did you know that the average person gains 7 pounds over the holiday season? Holy cow! I mean, seven pounds is a lot! The average newborn baby weighs about 7 pounds so if you happen to be one of those “average” people, you gain an infant! The worst part is that while it might only take a month (about the length of the holiday season) to gain the weight, it will take much longer to take it back off. So…. let’s not be a statistic this year people!
Here’s a few tips to make sure we stay on track over Thanksgiving.
1. Try to get in some form of exercise the daily. I know, I know, we’re busy right? I’m right there with you. House to clean, laundry to do, pies to bake, ect. ect. ect…. I’m not saying get out there everyday and run 5 miles. I’m saying get in some form of physical activity every day. Go for a walk, ride a bike, have a dance party with your family 🙂 Anything that will get you moving and will burn a few extra calories.
2. Drink lots of water. Not only is it going to keep you hydrated, but it will also keep help you feel full and avoid over eating. To spruce up your water a little, add some fresh fruit, lemons, or switch to sparkling water and add in a splash of unsweetened cranberry juice and fresh orange wedges for a refreshing holiday beverage.
3. Along with drinking lots of water, avoid too much alcohol. Not only do they pack on calories (a glass of eggnog has 343 calories in 1 cup!), but they cause you to retain water and puff up. I don’t know about you but I can’t stand the puffy feeling after a night of indulging in too many cocktails. However, I do like to enjoy a drink here and there. So in order to avoid all the extra calories and water retention, I’ll be sticking to red wine (90 calories per glass) or this yummy Pomegranate Champagne Punch from Eating Well.
- 2 cups champagne
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 cup seltzer
- 1/2 cup citrus vodka
- Lemon twists, for garnish
- Combine champagne, pomegranate juice, seltzer and vodka in a large bowl or pitcher. Serve over ice with a twist of lemon.
4. Start the day off with a healthy breakfast. I am guilty of skipping this important meal a few times during the holiday season. First it’s easy to do when your busy and don’t have time. Second, when your planning to indulge in appetizers and a big dinner, skipping breakfast seems like a good way to save some extra calories. However, by doing this you are actually setting yourself up to eat more food and to make unhealthier choices. If your busy, start your day with a smoothie that you can drink as you get things ready. My pumpkin pie green smoothie is both yummy and super filling.
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (any milk will do)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 large handful organic spinach
- Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
5. Take tastes of desserts rather than entire servings. My husband gets so mad at me sometimes because I’m infamous for baking cookies, eating just one, then leaving the rest for him. I’ve gotten very good at doing something similar with holiday desserts. I love desserts and want to try all the wonderful baked goodies that are on our Thanksgiving spread. So rather than serving myself up a helping of each, I take small, sample size servings or just a few bites from my hubby’s plate. This way I’m not over doing it on the sweets but still getting to enjoy the delicious sweet treats 🙂
So there you have it. 5 tips on ways to keep off those holiday pounds! They seem pretty easy compared to the hard work it would take to get the weight gain back off!
- Do you plan to exercise this week?
- What healthy eating strategies do you practice during the holiday’s?