8 Holiday Tips to Keep You on Track
1. Set Fitness Goals and Have a Plan
Without goals and a plan to go by it is just too easy to start missing workouts and blowing the diet. STAY DISCIPLINED AND CONSISTENT!
2. Use Moderation When Cheating on Your Diet.
Allow yourself to indulge, but limit your portions. Don’t think “it’s the holidays, it’s ok if I binge”. This is a huge misconception. Cake and cookies are available all year round. Have small portions of it and don’t ruin the results you have worked hard for throughout the year.
3. Aim To Do Something Active Every Day.
It might not be your usual workout but make the effort to get out and be active at least 30 minutes a day. There are plenty of outdoor winter activities we can do: skating, skiing, etc.
4. Eat a Healthy Balance of Macronutrients.
If you are hungry, fill up on protein and veggies as protein increases your metabolism by up to 20% and veggies burn more calories to digest than they contain. This in turn, will decrease your carb and fat intake as you will be too full to eat.
5. Drink Plenty of Water.
We tend to overeat because we are dehydrated and thirsty. Make sure to consume sufficient water. Water also gives you a sense of fullness so if properly hydrated you be consuming less food.
6. Eat Your Regularly Scheduled Meals.
Do not skip meals because you plan on eating more at your dinner event. If you do so, chances are you will be starving by dinner time and will go on binge eating everything and anything sight and will most definitely consume way more carbs and fats than your daily allowance.
7. Limit Your Alcohol Consumption.
You are better off eating an extra slice of cake than consuming numerous cocktails. Excess alcohol simply contributes way too many empty calories and you will go over your daily calorie allowance substantially without even realizing it. If you ask me, simply DON’T DRINK YOUR CALORIES
8. Don’t Keep “DANGER” Foods Around.
We all have some type of food (Nutella for me) that will trigger a binge on the very sight of it. The best way to avoid this from happening is by keeping these foods OUT OF THE HOUSE.