We just passed the must indulgent holiday of the year… next to Super Bowl Sunday. Am I right on this one? It might vary, but all in all, the actual day of Thanksgiving is centered so much around the food.
Now I want to begin by saying this… I’m not saying WE are all on a diet here. However, it’s extremely easy to pack on an extra five lbs. during the season without even realizing it. Then come January, we’re setting all these resolutions to lose weight and oh no our pants are now too tight. Ya follow me? If we allow ourselves to gain an additional 5 lbs. every holiday season, in 5 years that’s an extra 25 lbs. See what I mean?
Parties, festivities, Hanukka, Christmas, New Years… One month of challenges ahead of us. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way.
So I’ve put together five tips to save 5 pounds, to keep you focused on your diet goals to not go into food comas like we might have this past weekend AND to get a head start on NOT gaining those additional 5 lbs.
1. Pick and choose in the day what meals matter the most to splurge on. If you have no events going on, no parties, no extra fun stuff, then stay focused on your goals and make smart choices. Save those splurges for a dinner, especially if it’s a place that’s “special”… then breakfast and lunch be focussed and “save” your calories for your special meal.
2. Eat or drink your calories. The choice is yours. Remember that alcohol has just as much if not more calories than lots of our food. And I know… I’m kinda getting into this Fuzzy Friday thing… it’s a celebration to the end of a work week and beginning of a weekend. Just sayin… be aware, that’s all. Your choice! I’m not saying don’t drink. I’m not saying drink up a storm. Just be aware of what you’re consuming and how MUCH. Because those liquid calories count just as much as the solid food calories. Just sayin.
3. Don’t wear loose fitting clothes. Seriously. Ladies… I know the style is leggings or jeggings with boots and a great flowy top. I’m guilty as charged. I love that look. But, remember this. If it’s “stretchy pants” type of pants, you won’t know when you’re truly full. In other words, your pants won’t feel tight. I know that sounds either gross or weird, but think about Thanksgiving. After the feast was over, hours later, was there any grazing going on? Ya. That’s what I’m sayin. Having that more fitted waist line or fitted outfit might make you more aware of not going beyond your limit of fullness.
4. Recognize when you’re full. Don’t eat beyond that. That’s where #3 comes into play. It’s hard . Especially when it’s all SO yummy. Trust me. As I’m sharing these tips with you, I’m preaching to myself just as much.
5. Keep active as much as you can. If you workout, don’t stop. If you don’t, find ways to be active. Incorporate ways to burn calories throughout your day and week. Park farther away. Take stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. If you can stand and be on your computer or work vs sit, do it. Anything to get your body more active versus being sedentary.
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Just a few healthy living tips to start your week off on the right foot, and kick off the season of food, food and more food!