Try This to Help Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

By Virginia Laird

Gaining weight this time of year is inevitable. Considering much of the time you are surrounded by goodies, treats, and delicious holiday buffets, it can be understandable why many pack on the pounds. Personal trainers work diligently with gyms as well as clients to help others know how to prevent the dreaded and detrimental weight gain. It is important to remember that it takes twice as long to get rid of weight as it did to add it to your body. A few tips offered by personal trainers include:

  • Well-balanced meals are best
  • Give yourself a day off
  • Weigh yourself routinely

Well-Balanced Meals are Best

Looking to help keep the added pounds that holiday goodies can bring away from your waist? Eating well-balanced meals on a regular basis can help do the job. If your body is not constantly consuming junk, it can be easier to choose healthier snack and treats as they are presented to you. Making a habit of eating healthy meals can leave some wiggle room to actually enjoy a few holiday treats without any guilt.

Give Yourself a Day Off

If you are one who struggles with weight control almost every single day of the year, it is time to give yourself a break. You need it, both mentally and physically. Personal trainers recommend that clients should allow a day to eat whatever you want, especially during the holiday season. Abstaining from all treats and sweets can be setting yourself up for frustration and caving in too frequently. However, if you know there is a day off coming up, it can be easier to wait out the craving until the right time.

Weigh Yourself Routinely

One of the best ways to ensure you don’t put on any added weight this holiday season is to closely track your weight. This is done by weighing yourself routinely. While the scale is rarely anyone’s bestie, it is a useful tool which can help you make decisions about what you should and should not eat while attending the lavish holiday parties ahead. Jumping on the scale often can help keep you from making some food choices that can send the numbers in the wrong direction. However, you should weigh yourself at the same time every day becuase weight fluctuates in a 24-hour period.

With these tips in mind, you can be prepared to enjoy all the holiday commotion, including some of the food and most of the company. So, grab your favorite (or ugliest) holiday sweater and get moving to your next holiday party.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Surprise, Ariz.

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