We are back again with the second post in SAMLARC’s new blog series – Health and Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle! With Thanksgiving just a few days away, this blog post features helpful information on how to maintain your health during a time when it is easy to overindulge. Take a look at what a health and wellness expert has to say about this topic and stay tuned for more information throughout the holiday season!
5 Easy Tips to Lose Weight During the Holidays!
Kristy De Leon | Marriage and Family Therapist, Weight Loss Coach, Virtual Nutrition Business owner and SAMLARC Community Lifestyle Committee Member
The holidays can bring a lot of joy and excitement but can also bring on additional weight. All the fun foods and drinks from parties as well as the stress that comes with the holidays can create a recipe for disaster. On average, most people gain 10-15 pounds over the holiday season. Within a span of 7-8 weeks, people can gain more weight than they have gained all year! That does not have to be the result of your holiday season. Today, I want to share 5 easy tips on how to lose weight during the holidays while still enjoying holiday foods!
1. Have a game plan for the day. Typically, I recommend my clients begin by planning out what the day looks like food-wise. Is there a potluck lunch at work or maybe dinner with friends? Plan your nutrition around that one meal, meaning you have plenty of opportunities before or after that meal to make healthy choices.
2. Make sure to eat enough protein. The majority of people are protein-deficient, meaning they are only eating about 30% of what their bodies need. If you feel hungry 30 minutes after your snack or meal, chances are you did not get enough protein. Protein is filled with amazing nutritional essentials that will keep you feeling full longer and keep your metabolism active. You will have a better chance of not over-eating at get-togethers if you show up feeling hungry but not starving. Eating enough protein will help with this.
3. Don’t forget about water! Even during the winter months when most people are not as active, water is still very important. Not only does water help your body flush out the toxins from all the fun foods and drinks, but we also commonly mistake thirst for hunger. My clients strive for drinking 50% of their body weight in ounces. If you weigh 160 pounds, that means drinking 80 ounces of water daily.
4. Get enough sleep. With out-of-town guests and traveling involved, this may be challenging, but you should make it a point to get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly. There are many important bodily functions that go on during our sleep, one being detoxification. Additionally, when we stay up later, we are more prone to eat, which may add an additional 500-1000 unnecessary calories to your day. If you already struggle with getting enough sleep, place an alarm on your phone to help you remember to start closing down your day so you get to bed on time.
5. Lastly, make up your mind that you will not be gaining the holiday weight. The major factor in successful weight-wellness plans is making the mental commitment to yourself that you will not be repeating the same old patterns. Sometimes this commitment may be fueled by wanting to fit into a certain piece of clothing, helping to avoid major medical diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, or maintaining your energy levels for the ones you love. Give yourself a moment to clearly identify what will be your driving force to having a healthy holiday. Once you have that crystal-clear reason, write it on a post-it note and put it in as many places as possible in your house, car, or office. When you have your target within sight, it is easier to maintain focus and have success.
Follow these easy tips to help your body and keep your mind at ease throughout the holidays!
The views and opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily shared by the SAMLARC Board of Directors or FirstService Residential California, LLC.