The Best Ways to Combat Holiday Weight Gain

The Best Ways to Combat Holiday Weight Gain

Are you feeling a mixture of excitement for food, family, friends, and festivities this holiday season yet feel anxiety about gaining weight? Try the following three tips to ease your stress about holiday weight gain.

Are you feeling a mixture of excitement for food, family, friends, and festivities this holiday season yet feel anxiety about gaining weight?  Try the following three tips to ease your stress about holiday weight gain.

CREATE PHYSICALLY HEALTHY FAMILY TRADITIONS

Think of physically active family traditions that everyone in the family would enjoy. A few Thanksgivings ago, my family and I played touch football and basketball before Thanksgiving dinner. I was the quarterback and, believe it or not, I can throw a football with a mean spiral.  It was not only a total blast but it was a great workout. Furthermore, playing sports with my family made me feel less guilty about devouring food.  Another tradition you can try is a holiday dance-off.  Blast holiday music and dance all over the place with your loved ones.  Add the following upbeat Christmas songs to your playlist!

“Christmas Party” by 3LW (featuring Treach)

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee

“Drummer Boy” by Justin Bieber (featuring Busta Rhymes)

“8 Days of Christmas” by Destiny’s Child

Interactive video games such as Wii Sports and Dance Central make great additions to your family tradition roster. The sky is the limit. Be creative. Have fun!

PERFORM AUTUMN AND WINTER CHORES

I even have fun and burn calories with my family by doing autumn and winter chores.  According to the American Council of Exercise (ACE), a 150-pound person would burn approximately 154 calories after raking leaves for a half hour.  In addition, according to ACE, a 150-pound person would burn approximately 215 calories after shoveling snow for a half hour. You would burn more calories if you weigh more and fewer calories if you weigh less.

INDULGE WITH A PLAN

The purpose of this article is not to discourage you from eating what you want during this time of year.  However, it is essential to balance out your food choices by indulging with a plan.  Nip it in the bud.  Plan your workouts in advance before and after each holiday. Plan the quantity of food choices, such as holiday cookies, you will eat rather than impulsively eat the amount you normally consume.  Hold yourself accountable by setting a workout and meal schedule.

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