15 Tips To NOT Gain Weight During The Holidays

The holiday season is the time to bring people together. Celebrate. See family…. And gain unwanted weight.?.?.?.

It’s why, in a survey done about New Years Resolutions,  45% of people had “Lose weight or get in shape” as part of their resolutions.

And this time of the year plays a BIG part in that. Between Thanksgiving (for some, Halloween!), and New Years, a lot of people gain unwanted weight. I’ve asked a few people about past years weight gains. Some said 5-10lbs, some went up to 15+lbs.

That’s a lot of weight in such a short amount of time. So, I wanted to share some tips, and tricks to combat that seasonal weight gain.

  1. Maintain a normal workout routine.
  2. Don’t skip workouts. 10 or 15 minutes is better than nothing.
  3. Get proper sleep (less sleep= more cravings).
  4. It’s ok to say NO. To seconds, extra food, more wine…
  5. Fill your plate with a lot of protein and veggies. Aim for at least 70%.
  6. 1 plate rule. Fill it up. No second trips.
  7. For salads, choose oil based over creamy dressings
  8. Be picky with food. Eat the food you REALLY want. Not just because it’s there.
  9. No grazing. Hold a convo or catch up with people away from the kitchen.
  10. Be mindful of snacking. Eating the cookie is fine. Eating the whole tray, not so much.
  11. Don’t have back to back unhealthy meals.
  12. Be mindful of alcohol.  Liquid calories add up quick!
  13. Go for a walk after a big meal.
  14. Keep stress levels down. Meditate,  do yoga.
  15. Enjoy yourself! Any unwanted weight that you put on can go away once you’re back into a normal health/fitness routine.

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What Happens When You Reach Your Weightloss Goal

What happens when you hit your weightloss goal? Yes. It does happen. I know it seems impossible while you’re in the middle of your goals, but it does and will happen.

Listen to episode 33 of the #1LIFE1YOUPodcast

So, what happens? Are you done? No more gym. No more eating healthy… Stepped on the scale and the magic number appeared! Awesome!!!

No what?!

The answer is simple in writing but can be difficult in execution.

You keep going.

If you take ANYTHING away from what I say/write, it’s that there is no end goal for health and fitness.

I want you to be just as healthy at 60 and 70 as you are at 30.

I get that once you hit and reach your goal… Once you’re there and the high of accomplishment starts to wear off, it can be difficult to push yourself to keep going.

But, having the mentality that it’s not about summer diets or beach season, but it’s more about being healthy when you’re 75… that’s what will keep you going.

You hit your goal! Congrats. Are you happy? Yes? Awesome. Now the goal is to stay that way!

Keep eating healthy. Keep exercising.

We are in this for life. A ways remember that!

It’s YOUR Social Media

A small part of my talk with Rob Riley was about social media/media consumption, and the importance keeping it as positive as possible.

1LIFE1YOU Podcast Episode 31 w/ Rob Riley

The news makes its money from getting views, and with that showing you all the bad or horrible things happening draws more views. Think about it… we all look at the cars that crashed on the roadside..

And that’s what the news knows. The negative draws. But, that can have an impact on how you go about your day and life.

Negativity leads to more negativity.

The same goes for social media. If your feed/timeline is full of negativity, complaining, arguing, that will seep into your own life.

But the coolest thing about social media is, YOU CONTROL IT.

If John is posting negative things on his own social media, and you’re tired of seeing it.. unfollow him. Boom! All lf his negative posts are gone.

And this goes for EVERYONE. Friends, family, coworkers, everyone.

It’s your platforms. You build and create what you see and not see. And if they have a problem, oh well.

Your own peace of mind is more important than their follower count.

Try it out. Go through whatever platform you are on, and unfollow or delete anyone that constantly post negative things, and watch how much better you’ll feel as you start scrolling through your own feed.

Social media isn’t bad. It’s only a platform. People are the ones who choose how to use it.

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