WORKOUT NOW, NO WEIGHT?! This time of year always brings on the extra pounds. There are holiday parties, work parties, and not to mention the infamous leftovers from Thanksgiving and Christmas. We tend to let ourselves go thru the months of November and December and then say to ourselves “on January 1st I’m getting back on track!” I know this because one I’ve said it and done it and two I’ve worked in fitness quite some time and gym sales are through the roof the end of December through the end of January.
Please know that you are not alone and this fit curvy chick is going to guide you though holiday eating with helpful quick workouts that will hep you maintain your weight all winter long and hopefully thereafter.
Eat before you get there
To help with over eating, eat before you get there. Have a small or snack packed with protein so that you will feel fuller longer. Try vegetables with a hummus dip, apples and peanut butter, or nuts. Something so that when you get to the party you don’t feel like your stomach is going to eat itself.
If you weren’t able to eat before then here is a way to not fill up on the wrong foods. Some times when you got to a party there are different size plates that are used for appetizers or dessert. Use that plate for your “meal”. Cover half the plate with colorful assortment of vegetables, fruit , or salad. A quarter of your plate with protein and the other quarter with starches. Eat the veggies/fruit first, then protein and save starches/carbs for last.
Green Tea is your friend
The benefits of green tea are amazing! One of the major ones is weight loss. Green Tea increases the metabolism. Drinking tea before a meal will also make you feel full as well lessening the amount of food you eat.
If you concentrate more on visiting with the guests then your not as liking to keep eating, especially if it is away from the food table. Socializing standing up is better than sitting down and talking but, dancing is even better. Try to find ways to keep moving so that your body is burning calories.
Don’t underestimate walking
Walking after dinner is a great two part step to weight loss. First it has all the benefits of a normal walk taken at anytime of the day and second it helps start digestion. If you live in a building with an elevator walk up or take the elevator half way.
Interactive TV/Computer time
While watching tv and spending time on the computer take frequent breaks. During the commercials do squats, leg lifts, push ups, crunches etc. so that your not just sitting for long periods of time. Keep a pair of dumb bells under the couch so you can do bicep curls and arm raises. While watching t.v stretch. Stretching is a good stress and tension reliever. It also improves circulation, balance, coordination, and flexibility.
Give away those leftovers
Three days later you shouldn’t still be eating Aunt Jackie’s baked macaroni and cheese. When there are leftovers concentrate on taking the protein and veggies leave the starches for someone else to take home. If you hosted take containers to a shelter or soup kitchen. My younger brother is very concerned about feeding the homeless. Whenever we had major left overs he would heat them up and drive them straight downtown and give it to people that were literally sleeping under bridges. Remember the season is about giving not eating!
These are just a few tips to help you during the holidays. Don’t wait on the weight. You don’t need the first of the year to get the ball rolling, start now working out and eating healthy do take some effort and time. Find time in your schedule to do these small things and if you can make it a family affair. Go on a family walk after dinner, have a play date with your kids outside doing something active or inside somewhere doing something active. Not only are you spending quality time with your family but your teaching them the value of taking care of themselves. Get your plate on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas day heck even a second plate.
About The Author: Charity Lynette is a certified fitness instructor and owner of Curvy Chick Fitness. She is also the new healthy curves editor for Skorch Magazine. Have questions for Charity comment below or shoot her a tweet @charitylynette.