Did you know that the average person gains between 5-15lbs between Thanksgiving and the New Year?
We are officially on the edge of holiday season, which brings with it a plethora of food (and wine?) temptations and weight gain traps – it’s not easy to stay fit for the holidays! But don’t fret, if you follow these 6 tips, you will be fit and healthy in time for that holiday party and your family and friends will be saying, “WOW! You look FANTASTIC in that ugly holiday sweater!”
Follow these 6 tips to help you to stay fit for the holidays
1. Eat Your Veggies
It’s true! Eating more vegetables really is a good idea, especially when aiming to keep your weight under control or want to drop a few pounds. First, veggies are low in calories and high in fiber, which means that you’re filling up without gaining weight. Second, the vitamins and minerals in fresh vegetables nourish your body and cut down on cravings.
2. Extend Your Workouts
Each week, between now New Years, I want you to add a few minutes to your workouts. The slight increase from week to week will hardly be noticeable, but the extra fat burn will pay off. Use these extra five minutes to do intense burst of exercise, such as burpees, squat to presses and walking lunges.
If you’re a BOD member, the Shift Shop program is great for this, as the workouts gain 10 minutes each week when you follow the workout calendar. Some other options are to add 10-minute abs to the end of your workouts.
3. Drink More Water:
Not only will staying hydrated help your skin to have a healthy glow, it will also speed up your fat loss efforts. Most of us are in a constant state of dehydration, which contributes to fatigue, stubborn weight gain and constipation. By drinking more water throughout the day, and by limiting your intake of caffeinated drinks, you’ll become healthier and more radiant.
4. Drink Your Shakeology
Shakeology is full of vitamins, minerals and so many other healthy ingredients that will help you steer clear of the temptation of sweet treats at the office over the holiday season. Drink this craving crushing shake before you head out to holiday parties or dinners to help you avoid over-eating, and eating too much of the wrong things. (A treat here and there is ok, but it’s all about balance and self-control.)
5. Low Carb Afternoons
One of the easiest ways to drop a few inches around your waist is to eat low carb after 4pm each day. This means eating dinners that are centred around vegetables rather than breads, pastas, and other high-carb foods. Also, remember that sugar counts as carbs, so skip that sugary dessert and try eating a piece of fruit for dessert.
If you haven’t yet taken the plunge into one of my challenge groups, then now is the perfect time so you can stay fit for the holidays! These groups will help you stay motivated and accountable to your personal health and fitness goals, while having fun and meeting a great group of like-minded, motivated new people.
I would love to help you feel and look your best in time for the holidays, and to give you the foundation and tools that will keep you stay fit and healthy into the new year and for life.