How To Maintain Your Weight During The Holidays
Considering our days are filled with temptation and the time change means we're not as active as we were in the summer, it's understandable to gain a little weight. But despite it being common, it can still be very frustrating. The good news is you don't have to choose between enjoying the holidays and maintaining your weight.
Here are some tips for staying at your happy weight all the way through the New Year:
- Don't drink your calories! Put down those pumpkin spice lattes and deliciously creamy eggnogs - they're just empty calories. Plus, the sugar from these drinks is turned into fat and stored in our bodies. Instead, opt for coffee drinks without added sugars, herbal teas, carbonated waters, and golden milk lattes.
- Practice mindful eating. If you're going to a party, pack a snack so you're not starving when you get there. And if you're bringing a dish, stick to healthy options with tons of veggies. If you decide to splurge on that warm pecan pie with a dollop of ice cream, try to make the rest of your day free of sugar. It takes about six to eight hours for blood sugar to be metabolized, so you'll have to wait a little longer before indulging in carbs again.
- Get moving. With shorter, darker days and all the sweet temptations in front of you, it can be difficult to stay active. Download a few apps and try a home workout and try walking as much as you can throughout the day. Every little movement counts!
- Don't let stress get the best of you. It can feel like you're always on the go this time of year, which can take a toll on your body. Make lists, plan your meetings in advance, and try not to overcommit yourself. Schedule a massage or check out your favorite band to relieve some stress. Studies show you're more likely to hold on to weight if your cortisol levels are high.
By doing all of these things, you can enjoy the holiday season while also maintaining the weight that makes you feel energized and healthy!