3 Healthy Habits to Help Hamper Holiday Heaviness
By Virginia Laird
We have all experienced holiday heaviness, (AKA, weight gain) at some point or another. How could you not, surrounded by a variety of luxurious treats. My personal favorites include all things chocolate. These are sure to help pack on the pounds, and in years past, I have done just that. I decided I would take control of my weight this year and beat the holiday weight gain. However, this could not require me to avoid all the sweets and treats I have so looked forward to all year. Like many others, I researched until I found some of the most recommended healthy habits and tips to help, including:
- Drink lots of water
- Make sleep a priority
- Allow one party to cheat
Drink Lots of Water
If you are concerned with gaining the dreaded holiday weight that can accompany the fabulous treats which tend to be readily available throughout the season, try increasing the amount of water you drink. Water offers many benefits to those who are watching their weight, including:
- It helps keep you hydrated
- It offers no additional calories
- Water can help you feel full
- Water helps keep the functions of the body working, which can help with weight loss
It is recommended to drink at least half of your weight in ounces of water daily to help keep your body functioning and properly hydrated.
Make Sleep a Priority
Sleep is necessary when it comes to losing weight. Without proper sleep, it can be difficult to function. This is one area I need to focus on in my life. It is easy to get lost in the many things which need to get accomplished and forget to get enough sleep. Those lacking in sleep may also reach for more junk food trying to find the energy to proceed with their day. This can lead to weight gain as well. Research suggests that the average adult should get a minimum of at least six hours of sleep each night.
Allow One Party to Cheat
Personal trainers preach the importance of allowing yourself to fall off the weight loss bandwagon at least once during the holiday season. It is important to note that the cheat time should last no longer than 24 hours. Allowing yourself one day to eat whatever you want can actually help you control your cravings during the times you are toeing the line. If you want to avoid holiday weight gain, but need to indulge in the holiday goodies, choose one of your parties or gatherings to dive head first into the buffet. Enjoy it, because the next day it is time to jump back on the weight loss bandwagon.
Following these healthy habits and tips you are sure to beat the holiday heaviness. Happy Holidays!
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