5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

You know the feeling, you just want one more glass of eggnog, but you just can’t decide if the extra 250 calories are worth it. Between celebrations with friends, office parties and family gatherings, it can be difficult to stay on track throughout the holiday season.  Our trainers know it can be difficult to say no to celebrating so they let us in on their secrets for staying fit during December.



Use Moderation

Caleb Christian, trainer at David Barton Gym, says moderation is key.  If you try to avoid holiday indulgences, you’ll feel deprived which can lead to overeating later.  Caleb suggests cutting things in half.  For example, instead of buying a dozen cookies, get six. It’s also a great idea to choose the things you really enjoy rather than sampling everything.


Start Your Day Off Right

With the busyness of the holidays, it can be difficult to fit a workout in.  By completing your workout at the start of your day, you’ll ensure that you don’t miss it.  Working out first thing in the morning is also a great way to start your day off on the right track.  You’ll experience less cravings throughout the day and will be more likely to stick to your healthy lifestyle.



Do a Juice Cleanse

Caleb likes doing a juice cleanse for a couple of days during the holiday season to help detoxify.  Doing a juice cleanse is a great way to get back on track and to provide your body with nutrients from raw fruits and vegetables it may have been missing out on.



Opt for Healthier Alternatives

Most favorite recipes can be made healthier by tweaking a few ingredients.  Search for a healthier version of one of your favorites, or make and bring one of your favorite healthier recipes to the party to share.  If you’re hosting, you have even more of an opportunity to offer some healthier options.



Stay Hydrated

With all the festivities, colder temperatures and holiday drinks, it can be difficult to remember to drink enough water.  By staying hydrated, you’ll help prevent overeating, cut down on cravings and feel better in general.

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