“A moment on the lips means a lifetime on the hips.” As is the case with many clichés, there is quite a bit of truth to this saying. And unfortunately, Christmas, Hanukah and Thanksgiving present many of us who are trying to control our weight and/or build muscle with the seemingly irresistible temptations of food and drink. In the aftermath of these traditional holidays, many people are left feeling embarrassed that they let temptation get the better of them during those meals and parties. The good news is that there are ways to control your urges and not to let all those calorie laden treats derail your fitness goals. Here are a few of our suggestions for staying on the right track this holiday season.
- Continue your exercise routine: Exercise has been proven in many studies to increase the body’s serotonin levels. Higher serotonin levels activate some neurons and melanocortin-4 receptors, or MC4Rs, which curbs So doing at home exercises before meals to control appetite and afterwards to burn off all those calories from meals, is a winning strategy.
- Stay hydrated: It is a fact that when you consume fluids such as water, you feel less hungry. It is important to also stay hydrated during and after exercises as well.
- Load up on the veggies: Grapefruit, apple, lettuce, celery, broccoli and cabbage are a few examples of foods that are not only in abundance during the holidays but are also low in sugar. Moreover, these foods are high in fiber which controls the appetite. Finally, try to avoid the starches such as mashed potatoes, stuffing and rice.
- Curb your appetite: Before attending holiday parties, consider nibbling on high fiber veggies in order to feel less like binge eating when the treats are brought out.
- Make a food diary: Keep track of the foods you eat during the holiday to make sure they are in line with your fitness goals. Also, weigh yourself as a visual way to check on whether or not you are losing ground.
Finally, we know that resisting the treats that are served during the holidays can be a challenge. But by using some of these tips you will be more likely to stick with your fitness program. You will also be less likely to have feelings of guilt after the holiday season. Make our at home workout videos as much a part of your holiday plans as the parties and meals.