Maintain Your Weight During the Holidays
By Lisa Corsello
Gathering around a table for a feast with our loved ones during the holidays can be fun, but can also put quite a dent in our efforts to stick with a healthy lifestyle. This season, to help you stay on track, personal trainer and fitness expert Lisa Corsello shares these five tips to keep your weight in check during the holidays while still being able to enjoy the festive fare:
1. Weigh Yourself Regularly Studies show that those who weigh themselves regularly are able to maintain their weight more easily. By being aware of when we start to gain weight, we can make small, manageable adjustments to diet and exercise to maintain weight.
2. Exercise Portion Control Don't skip meals or deprive yourself of the foods you love this holiday season. Instead, practice eating only half of what you would normally eat when it comes to dessert and less healthy side dishes. Load up on the healthier side dishes (high fiber veggies) and leaner cuts of meat (breast) so you'll stay fuller longer.
3. Stay Active Try to carve out a bit of time for exercise each day. Not only will regular exercise help maintain your weight, but it's also a great way to relieve stress and sleep better.
4. Plan Ahead Go online and research just how many calories are in the foods you normally eat during the holiday season. Being aware of what you're putting in your body can help you find healthier alternatives. Also, try to stock up on healthy snacks that help ease cravings and satisfy your appetite.