Updated: Jan 18, 2019
When it comes to dieting, most people think of it as an all or nothing concept when in reality, it doesn't always have to be. There are plenty of ways to make smart choices without saying no to mom's Christmas dinner or a glass of wine with your sister. We all want to avoid coming into the New Year 10-15 lbs heavier; don't go overboard so that you can have your cake and eat it too. Avoid the guilt by holding yourself accountable with these three tips...
DON'T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF
This time of year is not meant for restriction. It's not meant to feel guilty about indulging a bit extra than normal. Key words: a bit. This time of year is for celebrating. It's a time for enjoying your family and finding a balance that won't lead you too far left from your normal routine. Did you eat two Christmas cookies instead of one? No big deal...just hold off on the third. Control your portions; instead of starting off with one big dinner plate, make it smaller than you'd like to, eat slow, and wait ten minutes before going up for seconds. If you're still hungry after ten minutes, go for it. If your brain catches up and tells you you're full, listen to it. Stop when your comfortable rather than miserable.
The worst thing you can do is eat more AND move less. Never change two lifestyle factors at one time.
During the holidays, our caloric intake is generally higher than average. By eating more and moving less you're essentially doubling your caloric intake...if you skip workouts, you're not burning off the additional calories you're consuming. More calories + no movement = fat gain.
Find a partner to keep you accountable. Having someone that can correlate workout schedules is going to make getting off the couch much easier. Not only is it nice having someone to go with, but it's inspiring knowing that someone else is counting on you to motivate them in the same way.
Family in town? Workout with them! Instead of waking up and starting the day off with mimosas, make a small schedule adjustment to get in 40-60 minutes of movement before the champagne and orange juice.
Do we still need to convince you that drinking water will make you feel better no matter what time of year it is?
If you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Sarah once said to me..."if your skin and lips are dry, mostly due to dehydration, can you imagine what the inside of you looks like?" I will never forget it.
Water promotes weight loss / reduces bloat, flushes toxins, circulates nutrients, and maintains regularity. Who doesn't want every single one of those benefits?!
When it's cold outside go for room temperature water, hot water with lemon, or hot tea.
Give this a try...
Before a big holiday meal, drink 1-2 glasses of water. This will help you feel more satisfied prior to consuming a large dinner.
Eat, Drink, MOVE, & Be Merry
The moral of the story is...utilize the factors that you have control of; mindset, movement, consumption.
YOU control your thoughts.
YOU control whether or not you make time to move.
YOU control your caloric intake.
So, eat some good food, drink your water (and wine), participate in movement that you truly enjoy, and look forward to the holiday season instead of dreading it.
DISCLAIMER: Sophia Kostrzewa of Sarah Fechter Fitness is not a doctor or registered dietitian. The contents of this blog or documents attached should not be taken as medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem - nor is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health.