And still enjoy indulging yourself!
First off: A few parties and a few holiday feasts should not put you over the edge and cause you to gain 5-10 pounds! It’s what you do day after day, year round that sets you up for the one-two punch of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then of course, there is New Years, when you vow that this is the last time and then you plan to get serious! Think of this scenario as you might a handmade snowball rolled down a mountain, by the time it reaches the half-way point the little snowball is now an avalanche! Trying to undo the snowball will require a much larger shovel.
What is the sense of living if every day is a struggle fraught with abstinence? Eating and drinking are simple pleasures, sharing meals with family and friends during the holidays should never be dreaded and they should be something to look forward to. I am going to explain exactly how to do this without suffering the consequence of over-indulgence.
Make a pact with your family that the morning of a holiday feast, you have a sensible breakfast. A light meal made up primarily of carbohydrates. Plan to go out for an hour of easy exercise. If you don’t run, walk. If you prefer to ride a bike, perfect go do it, but don’t go crazy. If you dig a big hole you’ll generate a big appetite.
Do a few active chores- wash the car, shovel some snow, tidy up around the house, just try to stay active until lunch. Be sure to have a nice meal for lunch, nothing over the top just enough to square up your blood sugar and keep from becoming ravenous come dinner time.
Stay off the coach! You have the day off and there is a lot of football you want to see, try to watch the games while standing, move around and stay active. Sitting promotes snacking and it also drops your metabolism. If you keep moving everything will work in your favor, your metabolism, circulation and digestion will all be lit up in preparation for your next meal.
Take a 20 minute walk– nothing intense, just a 10 minute destination and return. If you have some friends over, invite them to come with you. They will bitch and moan but the ones who come along will really end up enjoying the time they had with you without all the disruptions in the house.
When it comes time for dinner; enjoy the meal, have that glass of wine but be mindful, you need to go for one more walk before settling in for the evening. This time I suggest around 40 minutes to an hour walk. Don’t stress that you are not running, you are just trying to keep your metabolism stoked.
Here is the thing: Eating and sitting are murder; even those who feel that because they went out early in the morning for a Turkey Trot and this is their hopeful salvation, it’s not enough. Parking your weary hungry body on the couch will soon result in a sluggish metabolism. By keeping on the move, your body acts like a furnace and burns through the food you consume. You will also find that if you feed at reasonable intervals you are less likely to binge come dinner time. You will still have a chance to enjoy all of the food you love and without thinking about it, once satisfied you will simply stop eating. Odds are you will eat 20-30% less food and with your activity levels up throughout the day; the energy you consume will be met with a nice energy burn.
By practicing this approach during the festive season you should come away unscathed. As a matter of principle, the most effective way to maintain weight is through a sensible eating plan combined with an active lifestyle. Early exercise is great, staying busy all day is better. To learn how to create an intelligent meal plan, visit: www.diazhumanperformance.com/nutrition.html we provide a free nutrition analysis.