Holiday Survival Guide: How Not to Gain Weight Over the Holidays

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The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends and so often, also a time where many of us tend to go overboard on the smorgasbord! Office parties, family dinners and New Years revelry, along with the stress of the holiday season, make it easy to pack on unwanted pounds. The good news is that with a little planning you can have your cake and eat it, too.

Suggestions for staying on track this holiday season include:

Plan Your Workouts: You know how busy you’ll be between Thanksgiving and New Years so start off on the right foot by committing now to a regular exercise routine. To make sure you don’t go askew; mark off on your calendar each day that you will be going to the gym between now and January 1, 2009.  If you know you have a party coming up, make certain to schedule gym time the day before and after the party. By having your schedule set in advance you are less likely to over-commit yourself to the point where you will miss those all important workouts.

Plan Your Meals: Pre-plan your meals for the next few weeks.  Rather than attempting to lose weight over the holidays, focus on a maintenance mode.  By pre-planning your meals you know that you will stay close to your allotted calories and even if you cheat with a (small) slice of pumpkin pie, you will still be able to maintain your current weight.

When you know you have a party you’ll be attending, plan to eat a meal roughly an hour before attending the event that consists of quality lean protein, vegetables and a small portion of whole grains. You never want to go to an event on an empty stomach, and by eating beforehand, you are less likely to mindlessly grab calorie laden foods while at the party. Remember, if you fail to plan you plan to fail!

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