On average, Americans gain 5lbs during the holiday season. Let’s stop that trend this year! Keep reading for my tips to combat winter weight gain.
Before I get started, I want to let you know that it is okay to gain weight during the holiday’s. It is a time for fun and family and if that results in weight gain, don’t worry about it! Enjoy yourself!
However, if you want to combat winter weight gain, I got you. These tips along with my home workout videos will help you do that!
Problem: You crave comfort food
Solution: It is common in the winter to crave high calorie comfort food. During the colder months, we all want something that will make us feel warm. Try eating more soups this season. They will give you that same warm feeling with much more health.
Problem: Social pressure
Solution: Holiday party after holiday party can be tough on the body. I know there is pressure from your friends and family to eat treats and drink cocktails. And there is always that one family member who gets upset if you don’t eat their food. It can be hard to resist these temptations.
I would advise you to survey all the food options when you arrive at a festive gathering. See what options there are! Fill your plate with the healthy stuff and then head for the treats. If there are no healthy options at your party… bring it yourself!
Another trick you can try, if appropriate, is stand and socialize. Walk around the party with a drink in one hand and your bag in the other. When you do this there is no place to hold the high calorie snacks.
Problem: Binge eating
Solution: With extra treats around the house and extra stress in the air… binge eating seems inevitable. As it can be hard to manage stress and a busy schedule around the holiday’s, my best advice to you would be to get the bingeable food out of your house.
If you receive a food gift, like a cookie basket, take it with you to work and share with your coworkers. If you baked festive treats yourself, give them away and only keep a few for yourself. The best way to prevent binging on these treats is to not even have the chance.