That time of the year is approaching again when we attend holiday parties and family gatherings. Even though we walk into the situation thinking we have it under control, the temptations of treats and our favorite foods often overwhelm us.
I am a fitness trainer and a professional athlete. I, like everyone else, want to indulge in some treats along with having a wonderful time with family and friends. I am not about to say this isn’t possible because it certainly is. It’s all about the planning of your food and keeping active.
Here are some tips that can allow you your favorite foods without feeling the guilt of your waistline expanding . . .
- When attending a gathering or party, don’t skip meals the whole day. One would think saving the whole day’s worth of calories for the holidays festivities will balance out but in reality makes you so hungry, overeating is likely to occur. Keep to a normal eating schedule.
- Don’t arrive hungry. Before you leave your home or office, grab a handful of almonds or a tablespoon of peanut butter. Even having a cup of coffee or tea can take the edge off. Drinking a large glass of sparkling water can do the trick as well.
- Save the calories for what you really want to eat. We all have favorites, so try to indulge in what you really want and love instead of wasting calories on foods that you can do without.
- Be careful of sodas, high-calorie juices and alcohol. These can add unwanted calories and weight without you even realizing it. Stick to beverages with low to no calories.
- Increase your activity level. For those of you who don’t attend a gym, this could be the time to start. For those of you who attend the gym regularly, keep your normal routine. Try not to skip but if you do, don’t stress. Just go the following day. The whole point is to stay active. Daily planning is key. Whenever you can get it in, even if it is in 15 minute increments.
- Keeping track of what you eat by logging it in the dotFIT Me program or writing it down is proven to make you more responsible and aware of what you are eating. Try it!!!
- Stay hydrated during the day. Being thirsty is often confused with being hungry.
Remember in moderation we can all enjoy the treats we love. So enjoy your family and friends, be merry and ENJOY your holiday season!
contributed by Jodi Lynn Braun
IFPA Pro Figure Competitor & dotFIT Sponsored Athlete