Before you think it’s okay to relax your eating plan over the holidays consider this. Eating just 200 – 300 calories extra per day you could easily add 3 pounds in the space of a few weeks.
That’s 3 pounds of weight that you've got to lose again. 200 – 300 calories is just a couple of butter cookies or a piece of pecan pie.
You don’t need to skip the festivities; you just need a plan to support your healthy lifestyle; that’s what these holiday health tips are for. Of course the FF30X program can also give you some valuable support.
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Use the following holiday health tips to help you make the right choices and still enjoy the holidays:
If you’re in a situation where you need to eat out or food that others have prepared don’t stress about what they are cooking for you.
Instead gently remind them that you are looking to loose or maintain your weight. As such you’ll be happy to try everything they have to offer, but only in moderation.
If possible adopt the perfect plate approach to anything they offer you. If this isn't possible then small portions are the safest bet.
The holidays are a busy time and it can be hard to stick to your healthy eating habits.
Pre-prepare the food and keep it in the refrigerator or freezer. You’ll have something healthy to eat throughout the entire week!
Accept that it’s the holidays and that it’s okay to indulge a little, but not the entire time.
If you’re going to let loose one evening then continue to eat regular meals afterwards, but try to restrict your calorie content.
Restricting your calories at other times will help to balance out your indulgence. Feel free to schedule an intense workout in the future to tip the scales in your favor.
Pause Before Seconds
One of the simplest and most effective techniques to avoid over eating is to have a small portion and then take a moment before you decide to have seconds.
By simply pausing for 30 seconds your body and your brain will tell you if you really need seconds or not. Then don’t be afraid to say no.
If your relative looks really disappointed then tell them you’ll have some later and hope they forget.
Keep Your Distance
When you’re at a buffet you may find it’s much easier to control what you’re eating by staying away from the buffet table.
The closer you are the easier it is to graze without thinking about it. Try to make it as difficult as possible to get seconds.
If you’re going to a buffet then you should consider eating before you go. This way you can have a healthy meal without missing out on the fun. You simply don’t need to eat while you’re at the gathering.
If you’re worried about what others think then simply pick up a plate with one or two things on it and carry it round while you chat to people. Chances are no one will notice anyway.
Equally you can choose to arrive a little late to the party. When the food is available in buffet form most people will dive in at the start. By arriving a little late you’ll miss the rush and the best bits will be gone, making the buffet less tempting (hopefully).
Choose Your Drink
Festive eggnog can have as much as 500 calories in one glass! Your average glass of wine or beer is between 150 and 250 calories.
Consider what you’re drinking carefully.
The lowest calorie option is usually a spirit on the rocks. The ice will dilute the alcohol slightly to help keep you hydrated and reduce the impact of the alcohol.
Take Your Own Food
When going to family or friends for a festive gathering then take a dish of your own food with you. This can be part of the offering for everyone and will give you something that you know is healthy for you and your heart.
Have Recipes To hand
There are hundreds of potential recipes available when you sign up to the FF30X program. Download a few and keep them handy. This will help you to be able to produce healthy snacks and meals; allowing you to entertain your friends.
That’s a great way of looking after your health and that of your friends and family.
That could make this the best holiday health tips of all.
You already know water is essential for your body. But don’t forget that drinking water is also a great way of filling up. Effectively reducing your appetite and helping you to stick to your healthy eating lifestyle.
This is more than one of the best holiday health tips; you should do this all year round.
As a bonus cold water lowers your core temperature forcing your body to boost your metabolism to correct your core temperature. It burns extra calories while doing this.
Take Time To Exercise
Many people stop going to the gym or doing their regular exercise routine throughout the holidays. If this is you then don’t feel bad about it.
However, a little exercise can go a long way. Try to move as much as possible, whether you’re taking the dog for a long walk or suggesting a ramble with your friends and family. Anything you do will help you to stay active and keep burning those calories.
Sleep is essential to your continued good health. When you sleep your body balances its hormones and repairs itself.
But, a lack of sleep can also make your brain feel foggy; making it harder to choose the healthy option. In fact your brain may even start to crave sugar to dispel the fogginess; making it harder for you to resist those holiday temptations.
Count Appetizer Bites
The average appetizer contains approximately 200 calories! Use this figure to work out how many appetizers you really want to eat.
Use Small Plates
One of the simplest and most effective holiday health tips is to choose a smaller plate. This will stop you being able to put too much on it; helping your portion control without you even having to think about it.
Of course you have to avoiding thinking that seconds are okay because you had a small plate!
Use The Scales
In general it’s a good idea to weigh yourself every week or two. This will ensure your weight targets are going in the right direction without placing too much emphasis on weight. Good health is more than just what you weigh.
However, during the holidays it can be a good idea to weigh yourself every other day. The thought of having to do this and the sight of the scales moving can help you to make the right food choices. Holiday health tips work best when you need to be accountable for your actions.
Fill Up On Vegetables
Vegetables are great for making you feel full, but also provide many of the basic nutrients your body needs.
If you’re concerned about the food on offer then you can focus on eating the vegetables. These will usually be the healthiest option. You can always add a little protein to keep your body balanced.
We've already mentioned accountability and it is certainly one of the strongest motivators to stay on the healthy side of the food on offer.
One of the best holiday health tips is simply to start a food journal. This way you can record everything you eat and calculate an approximately calorie intake.
Compare this to your maintenance calories and you’ll soon realize where you’re going wrong. Even the thought of having to record all your food can stop you eating the wrong things.
If you have a friend that is trying to live more healthily then you can buddy up with them. If you haven’t got a friend doing this then join F30X today and find a buddy.
Then all you need to do is challenge them. The one who puts on the most weight over the holidays will have to do a forfeit or even pay the other money. This will definitely help you to make the right choices when faced with an abundance of food and drink.
Keep In Touch
One of the most important ways of restricting your eating and choosing the healthy option is to make sure you’re accountable. It can be more difficult to rely in friends over the holidays to keep you accountable; they are busy indulging themselves.
However, join the FF30X today and you’ll have all the support you need along with the need to be accountable. Simply thinking about sharing your weight gain will be enough for you to remember the holiday health tips and make the right decisions.
Before you know it you won’t just be the man you want to be; you’ll be the one that others are asking how you did it!
Your new friend & health coach,
Head Training Staff, The Fit Father Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “The Fit Brit”
Bragging Rights: 16 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide', Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.
*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info to lose fat and gain muscle.