Did you know that most people gain 7-10 lbs during the holiday season?
Let’s face it, it can be hard staying fit and healthy during the holiday season. Even though it’s suppose to be a holi-DAY most often it changes into a holi-SEASON because of split family thanksgiving parties, Friendsgiving, corporate parties, girls nights, shopping trips, Christmas and then new years.  Here are some 8 helpful tips to beating the 7-10 lb holiday gain.

1. Plan ahead! Make a solid gym schedule and create a plan on which parties you will splurge at. 
On days that you will be splurging heavy, plan a HIIT workout!  Getting into those high intensity zones will keep you burning calories through out the day.  When choosing your splurges keep in mind that mindless eating on everyday chips and candy shouldn’t be a splurge choice you should be saving your treats on grandma’s famous pumpkin pie that you can only get once or twice a year. 

2. Eat on a smaller plate or bring your divided meal prep container so that you can portion protein, carbs, and veggies.  This will keep you from over eating. 

3. Limit your alcohol intake! I hate to be a Debbie downer on this but here’s what happens. Alcoholic drinks are often referred to as “empty” calories. This means that they provide your body with calories but contain very little nutrients and most carry a lot of sugars! When you consume alcohol, the body prioritizes the alcohol over other foods — carbs, fats, and proteins are put on metabolic hold. You’re primarily processing something the body cannot store — meanwhile, the nutrients, which the body does store (as fat), are not being burned. You’re burning quick alcohol energy to clear it from the system while simultaneously storing the excess food energy that’s waiting in the digestive queue.

4. Drink lots of water.  Before sitting down to eat drink a glass of water then grab your plate.

5. Chew your food!  Be mindful of the food you are eating and remember that foods are easily digested with smaller food particles. 

6. Bring a healthy dish to the party, then you know one of your side will be healthy.  

7. Try sipping on some herbal tea after eating. This will help ease digestion and holding something in your hand will keep you from picking up those sweets.  

8. Don’t skip meals!  It’s a big mistake to come to the party on an empty stomach thinking that you are saving all of your calories for that meal.  Being hungry will lead to mindless picking and a very bloated stomach.