How Not to Pack on Holiday Pounds

Maintain Your Weight During the Holidays

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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.

5. Change it Up Try a new exercise class, walking/running route, or sport. Trying something different will challenge your body in a new and healthy way, and it will help keep your routine fresh and your mind more engaged. Tip: Rate your current exercise routine on a scale of 1-10, 1 being something extremely easy and 10 the most challenging. During your next workout, try to increase that number by 1. After a week, if you're feeling good, increase it again. Being mindful of the quality of your workout will help lead to better, healthier routines with great results. Lisa Corsello is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, nutrition consultant, and group fitness instructor who works with clients to create customized, goal-oriented exercise and nutrition plans. Using her extensive training and fitness background, Lisa has developed a popular new fitness technique called Burn. Lisa, a Lululemon Athletica Ambassador, has been a featured fitness expert on WebMD as well as in My Family Doctor Magazine, LowCarb Magazine, Current Health Magazine, and Cornell University's Food & Fitness Advisor newsletter.    
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