Now that the holidays are in full swing and the season of Christmas
cookies and holiday drinks, um, parties is upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips on how to manage your weight during the holidays, without cutting out the fun of the season. I’m the first person to make a batch of holiday treats and get into the spirit of things so I know it’s not easy sticking to your diet this time of year, but if you follow these tips, you can do some damage control and not have any regrets on how your year ended.
- Set a goal for the holidays. What do you want to gain? You can choose to spend this time recovering from an intense workout regime you have been following for the past several months; you can set a goal to simply maintain your current level of fitness to a reasonable degree; or if you are trying to really put on some muscle (this is mostly for men) you can take advantage of this time to bulk up. If you have a realistic goal in mind and a plan to follow, you will be much more likely to not go overboard during the holidays.
- When you know you will be going out that evening, have a good, high volume workout beforehand with a large muscle group like legs or glutes, or do a long session of HIIT (High Intense Interval Training). This will make sure you are burning a lot of calories after your workout is over, allowing you to consume more without it having too much of a negative effect.
- The next morning do your HIIT. No exceptions! It doesn’t matter if you’re hungover, or tired, or anything, just do it!
- Don’t “save” your calories when you know you will be having big meal that night, meaning, don’t starve yourself that day so you can eat more at dinner without feeling bad. Eat normally (healthy choices) and be smart about it. Also, don’t turn the whole day into a cheat day because that will make the recovery so much harder.
- At the dinner or party, take the least-worst option. If you have the choice between liquor and wine, choose wine. Red or white? Red. Have one slice of pie, not three. You get it 🙂
- A great idea is to go on a 3-day low-carb diet after your festive meal. Vegetables are always good to eat so don’t cut those out, but eliminate all grains, rice, potatoes, etc. for the next 3 days.
Don’t beat yourself up about eating a little extra this month. Just make sure it’s not out of control, and be mentally prepared to attack the fat in January!
And don’t forget to have fun! Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!