The holidays are a time to celebrate, and boy, do we make the most of it. We eat, we drink and we indulge. It’s almost an unspoken rule that, with the holidays, comes unlimited eating and missed workouts.
To kick off your holiday season, take part in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Quincy Mall. Many people dress up for the 5K, which is a fund-raiser for the Arthritis Foundation. Sometimes it’s good to take part in fitness activities, along with all the other holiday parties and dinners.
Below you will find some tips in making this coming holiday season productive in sticking with your fitness and fat-loss goals.
1. Have fun and enjoy yourself.
Have fun and eat a little of everything and anything you want. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Counting each and every calorie during this time is not too enjoyable.
2. Nibble on food throughout the day.
If you graze and snack on a little here and there all day, you will not build up that chance to be overly hungry. Eating small snacks/meals throughout the day is more beneficial for your metabolism.
3. Skip the gravy, dressings, and high-calorie condiments.
Many times the dressings and condiments are worse culprits than the foods you put them on.
4. Eat more vegetables with your meal.
Instead of loading up the potatoes and stuffing, choose to have more vegetables instead. You are better of eating a larger serving of veggies than you are a starchy carb like potatoes, rice, stuffing or bread.
5. Drink a lot of water throughout the day.
This will help with hunger throughout the day. Water is a great appetite suppressant and if you are constantly sipping all day, you will not find yourself starving.
6. Go outside and be active
Take a pre-dinner walk with the family or the dog. Go to the park and run/walk through a new trail. Walk through a neighborhood after dark to see the Christmas lights.
7. Have a smaller dessert
Don’t skip dessert, just moderate it. Have a smaller sliver of pie with a larger serving of Fat-Free Cool Whip or other non- dairy topping.
The holidays are not a time to feel deprived. They are meant to be happy times, spending time with friends and family.