The Four Best Tips To Help You Stay Fit & In Control This Holiday Season!
I absolutely love gathering around a table with friends and family to enjoy great meals and conversations- and the holiday season provides an abundance of opportunities to do so! What I don’t love is gaining weight, feeling puffy or having low energy- and my guess is you don’t either.
That’s why I wanted to share a few fit tips that work well for me to maintain my fitness, gain control and feel confident through the holidays.
1) Stay accountable.
Enjoy the holiday season, but not by tossing your goals out the window completely at the expense of your fitness journey! Be mindful of your food portions, so that you won’t be caught by surprise after the holiday season is over. Find a buddy with similar goals and plan fun activities together, such as cooking healthy meals, trying out new recipes or attend a group fitness class you’ve never tried before.
2) Watch portion sizes.
During this time of year, we are surrounded by food more frequently than any other time. Office holiday parties, family gatherings and holiday gift baskets expose us to an abundance of food, but these options often consists of sugar-laden snacks and high calorie meals. As a quick guide, the amount of protein included in your meal should measure out to about 3 ounces, or the size of the palm of your hand. Vegetables and/or fruits should account for half of the contents on your plate, 2 cups about the size of two fists in total. Whole grains, nuts and legumes typical should not exceed an amount which fits in your cupped hand.
3) Fill up on lean meats, vegetables and fiber.
Lean sources of protein promote satiety to a greater degree than many carbohydrate and fat sources, in addition to aiding in retention of lean muscle mass. Vegetables are considered nutrition-dense foods since they are mostly made up of water and are generally low calorie options. This means you can have greater portions without taking in too many calories. High fiber foods like oats, legumes, fruits and vegetables are good sources of soluble fiber, which help create a feeling of fullness. It’s always a great idea to enjoy a healthy, filling snack prior to attending a holiday party. That way you won’t be as tempted to indulge in high-calorie snacks!
I always turn to Ready-To-Drink Protein Shakes as I’m running out the door to sway me from overeating.
4) Make healthy ingredient substitutions.
There are many healthy substitutions you can make to help avoid over consumption of fats and added sugars. For instance, instead of eating green bean casserole, opt for fresh steamed green beans. Heat up AdvoCare’s Cranberry-Apple Spark instead of a cider drink, Peppermint tea, or drink Coffeccino instead of hot chocolate (it adds fiber, energy AND appetite control!). I like to drop peppermint in my Coffeccino for a “peppermint mocha”.
Did you find these four tips helpful?! Contrary to what you might believe, there IS a way to stay fit and in control during the holidays. I know, it sounds impossible. But, it’s not!
How amazing would it feel to roll into the new year with confidence rather than a sugar crash?! Let’s start 2019 feeling even healthier than you are right now!
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