Avoid Holiday Weight Gain – Fitness Tips

Don’t Be a Holiday Statistic

Did you know that the average person gains eight pounds during the holiday season? And if the extra pounds don’t come off by March, they probably won’t be coming off that year. The good news is that you don’t have to be a holiday statistic. As we approach the holiday season we will be faced with family gatherings, company and neighborhood parties, delicious meals, and homemade desserts. There are ways to get through the season without adding any inches to your waistline. We’ll share with you a couple of our favorite tips.

Focus on Family not Food

This year focus on the reason for the holiday season. Your emphasis and attention should be on family and special friends and less on the food that is served.

  1. Never go to a party hungry! Everything looks good when you are hungry. Even those over cooked sausage balls of Aunt Mary’s.
  2. Remember the “three bite rule”. The first three bites of anything tastes the best.After that your taste buds are actually dulled to the taste. Put your fork down.
  3. Water should be your constant companion during the holiday season. It helps your skin look it’s best and it is a great way to feel full when you begin to feel tempted.
  4. Alcohol always lowers your resistance. If you must drink, drink responsibly and between alcoholic beverages, drink a glass of sparkling water with a lemon or line twist. It is refreshing and it helps keeps you hydrated.
  5. Make sure you stay rested. It’s tempting to burn both ends of the candle. Sleep deprivation makes it hard to resist temptation.
  6. Most get- togethers are potluck. Take one of your low-fat favorite appetizers.
  7. Don’t skip that exercise class or work out. The exercise will help keep the stress at bay, keep you looking and feeling your best, and keep the hunger under control. Need I say more?
  8. When short on time try to make it to a Group Active class where you will focus on all the components of fitness in a 45-minute format.
  9. If you know it is going to be a tough season, you may want to engage the help of a personal trainer. He/She can design a realistic plan with realistic goals and hold you accountable throughout the season.

Start NOW!

Begin this holiday season with a clear path to better health. Don’t wait until January to start your resolution, start today! Look great and feel great right through the holiday season. Set your goals and enjoy the season!

Gold’s Gym stands ready to help!

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