The dreaded holiday weight gain is here. How are you doing? Gaining, losing or just hovering around the same magic number?
Plan for fun, and plan on taking care of your health. The annual parties cause stress on so many would be happy party-goers. Think party, but consider exercise and one of the easiest ways to burn those party snacks and drinks to walk every day. If you already have a regimen of walking daily, here are a few things you can do:
- Increase the length of your walk. If you walk one mile each day before breakfast, walk two miles before breakfast. This will only add another 20-30 minutes to your walk.
- If you are now walking 1-2 miles a day, pick up the pace. If you walk at a pace of 3.5 miles per hour, speed it up to 4 mph or even 5 mph, depending on your energy level. You’d be surprised at the increase of calories burned with a minor increase in speed.
- Before getting ready for the party, go for a brisk 15-minute walk. This will start the internal furnace burning calories throughout the party.
- Every little effort makes a big difference in the results.
When the hors d’oeuvres or snacks are passed around, think less! Help yourself to less than you would normally want to have. Remember, your worst enemy at a party is dip and chips. Reach for the stuffed mushrooms, shrimp, anything veggie, or grilled.
- Don’t refuse to snack, just refuse to over-indulge.
- Don’t starve yourself, we all know that doesn’t work.
- Don’t punish yourself, enjoy yourself.
Remember, you have taken your walks, or exercised a little extra knowing you would be eating more calories at this event, so enjoy yourself, you’re prepared to enjoy the party. Chat with friends and enjoy the company. Try to stay away from sweet cocktails and sugar-filled sodas. There are plenty of cocktails that carry a less sugary punch and taste great. Eggnog is tasty and most people love this drink around the holidays, just remember to measure your intake. Go ahead and have a small cup or glass.
Your holiday mission is to look at the menu or food spread at each event you attend and minimize your intake of fat and cholesterol. This is possible and remember the added fat around the holidays will make an impact on weight gain, and the avoidance will affect your health and control holiday weight gain.
Have a Wonderful Holiday Season and remember to Walk To The Beat Of Your Own Drummer.