Staying Strong Through the Holiday Season

by Rachelle on November 5, 2014

The months of October through December can be a very chaotic stretch of the year for most of us. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years can be a time of family gatherings, parties with friends and co-workers and extremely busy schedules.

Additionally, many people tend to relax their eating standards and also find they are short on time throughout the week to head to the gym, or to make time for some exercise. This combination can lead to some extra pounds being added during this time. Surveys have shown that many of us put on around 1-7 pounds during this period.

However, the news is not all bad and by using some common sense tips you can fight off the bulge and perhaps finally cross off the “lose weight” portion of your New Year’s resolution! Here are some easy to implement ideas to keep from experiencing holiday weight gain:

Keep moving! While it is easy to skip the gym or reduce the amount of time you spend jogging or going to your martial arts class, try to stay focused and continue to make time for these activities. If this is not possible try to take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator at work and while shopping. In addition, instead of hunting for the closest parking spot at the mall, park your car near the back to get a few extra steps in. With all of the shopping and running around that is going on the additional steps can accumulate and at least play some small role in keeping some weight off.

Plan for work eating habits. By taking an apple, or carrots or other raw fruit and veggie to work you are less likely to go through the drive in on the way home. The calories you avoid during times of stress and activity will go a long way to keeping you slim.

Shop with health in mind. With time constraints comes relaxed eating habits. By taking a few moments to select healthier options to fill your fridge you will have less opportunity to grab a high calorie meal instead of a well-balanced meal.

Keep weekend discipline. For most Americans the weekend provide a little extra time, this is also the time when most tend to cheat after following a healthy eating plan all week. The problem is during the holidays the cheating becomes more frequent and to balance that out we should be a little more careful on the weekend.

Supplements By taking vitamin supplements you can make sure your body has the balance it needs to stay in top form. Vitamins like b-12 have a positive effect on red blood cells and metabolism. Ask your doctor for some suggestions on what they would recommend.

Of course the best thing to do is to continue your normal fitness and eating routine all year long but for many of us that is not realistic. By following some of these simple tips during the holidays you stand a chance of minimizing any weight gain that you normally would experience.

Rachelle

Rachelle

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
Hi I'm Rachelle, or "Elle" for short. I am a busy body, but always been a plus sized kinda girl. I've learned that my curves are sexy, and I can feel good about how I look without looking like a stick! I'm a work-a-holic and stay as active as I can with lots of projects, so I have to prioritize my health choices. Working for Creative Bioscience has opened my eyes to what you can do to supplement your diet, and manage things in a natural way. The advances that are being made in the health arena are so exciting, and we are on the front lines bringing the best of the best. Rachelle's favorite product is hCG 1234
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