We all love holidays. Besides not going to work, we get time to relax, enjoy ourselves and spend more time with family members and friends. However, as much as we love these holidays, we could end up adding weight if we are not careful or mindful of our actions. This is because we get caught up with the fun that surrounds holidays and forget our normal day to day healthy lifestyle prior to the holiday that kept us fit. To help you enjoy your holiday while staying fit, here are ways on how to avoid weight gain during the holidays.
Watch what you eat
Visiting your old folks? Who doesn’t love their grandmothers cookies? I bet we all do! Though these delicacies look harmless on the dinner plate, they can be more than harmful once ingested. A few bites will not do you any harm but a whole week of non stop eating could add your waistline. To avoid this, eat in moderation. Also, allow yourself healthier options. If you feel like picking another cookie, reach for an apple instead. Nobody will notice but you are doing a good job of saving yourself from excess weight gain in weeks or days to come after that. Choose what you eat wisely and in moderation. Instead of taking soft drinks whenever you feel thirsty, simply reach for a glass of water. Doing this, will help you maintain or even lose weight during your holidays.
Be active throughout the holiday
Holiday is a time to relax yes, but too much of it will leave you sluggish a key ingredient in weight gain. Try as much as possible to indulge yourself in activities around your home.Decorating your room, good house keeping, helping in cooking, cleaning the compound or the backyard and gardening can keep you fit. However, if you have nothing to do around your home, indulge in other activities like going for a walk, enrolling yourself in a local gym or joining a community project. These little activities can help keep your body moving in turn helping you burn excess calories keeping unnecessary weight gain off limits.
Get plenty of rest
Research has linked lack of sleep to weight gain. Not getting quality sleep simply because of uncontrolled late night partying or late night movie watching can throw your body’s natural functions off balance bringing instability leading to fluid retention and most of all weight gain. A lack of sleep is also associated with decreased levels of alertness and increased levels of stress. These two can trigger the making of poor lifestyle choices especially when it comes to eating. So, get rest. We all know that no one needs you at work but taking advantage of your ‘freedom’ can lead to weight gain.
Anyone can lose weight or maintain a healthy weight throughout the holidays. You only need commitment and discipline to do so. Approach holidays as days to reach out to friends, relatives and family members as opposed to seeing holidays as days to have fun, party, eat and sleep all day. Be active and eat right and you are guaranteed zero weight gain no matter what.