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5 Tips on Staying Lean During the Holidays

By November 30, 2018December 4th, 2020Adult Fitness

December’s a tough time for anyone who cares for their weight, health, fitness, or appearance.

You simply cannot keep the weight off when there’s that much food, alcohol, & dessert being shoved in your face!!!

I myself have fallen “victim” to the Holiday weight gain, but over the past few years, I’ve found a number of strategies help me prevent the weight gain. In fact, last year, I was able to stay at the same weight the entire month!

Here’s what I did to stay lean in December:

#1 – Don’t Stop Working Out!

Whatever you do, you cannot deviate from your workout schedule.

If there’s anything that’ll provide damage control for all the calories you consume this month, it’s going to be your workouts.

Keep at it! Don’t let up!

Imagine how much easier it will be once January is here and we get a return to normalcy, instead of having to “start working out again in the New Year”.

#2 – Plan Extra Workouts

Yes, the busiest time of the year is also the same time that I ask you to try to workout more.

If you’re going to inevitably consume more calories, you might as well give yourself a chance to burn them all off.

Hey, you might even *lose* weight if your workouts outweigh the extra food!

#3 – “One Drink” Rule

Drinking alcohol is not only an easy way of ingesting excess calories, but it’s also really good at making me want to eat more.

(Alcohol is GREAT at impairing your ability to make smart decisions, AND it tends to stimulate the appetite).

By limiting alcohol, you’re limiting the liquid calories you drink, and you’re keeping your willpower & decision-making in tip-top shape and your appetite not as high as it can be.

#4 – “One Plate” Rule

If you don’t treat each holiday gathering like it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet, you’ll be waaaaaaaay better off.

Here’s an easy way to indulge without going completely overboard.

With each course, fill up your plate as much as you want, and that’s it.

Appetizers? One plate. Dinner? One plate. Dessert? One plate. You’ll be amazed at how much less you’ll eat, while still feeling like you got to enjoy yourself.

#5 – Don’t Let Leftovers Rule Your Life

Left-overs can easily turn one day of bad eating to an entire week of bad eating.

If you can give away your left-overs, do it. If you can invite other people for dinner in the days between Christmas and New Year’s to help finish your left-over, do it.

If you absolutely have no way of getting rid of them, at least only have your leftovers at dinner each night – that way, you’re not constantly eating day-in & day-out.

And that’s it!

If you can implement AT LEAST ONE of these strategies, you’re bound to gain less weight than last year.

Stick to all of them and you’re going gain hardly, if any, weight this December.

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