The holidays are one of the most magical times of the year. Unfortunately, for people who are trying to lose weight, this season also presents certain obstacles. Sticking to a healthy diet and exercise routine can be challenging with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Because of this, the team at Endobariatric wants to offer some tips to help you stay on track with diet and exercise.
Do Not Go To a Party Hungry
Attending a party when you are hungry can lead to overeating — or eating the wrong foods. Eat a healthy meal or at least a substantial snack before going to a party. If you are attending a potluck, bring a veggie platter or another nutritious dish that fits into your diet.
Enlist a Buddy
Your friends and family want to help support your healthy goals and lifestyle. In fact, some of them may also be afraid of falling off track with their own diet and exercise routines. Enlist a loved one to be your workout buddy or food accountability partner, and make smart choices together!
Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger. Make sure you drink plenty of water, particularly on days when you have a holiday gathering. Avoid alcohol, which can dehydrate you and lower your inhibitions, leading to poor dietary choices.
Try a New Workout or Activity
The holidays are a great time to experiment with new activities. Find a new walking or jogging path, or sign up for a cardio dance class that you’ve never taken. If it is cold in your area, look for an indoor swimming pool where you can do laps. Many gyms and fitness studios offer great discounts during the holidays!
Bonus tip: Invite a friend or family member to join you in a new workout class. Not only do you get the benefit of exercising, but you can also spend meaningful time with a loved one.
Create a Wish List Around Your Goals
If you normally exchange gifts with friends or family, ask for some practical items that will help you reach your health and fitness goals. You can ask for fitness items like a set of hand weights, or kitchen items like healthy cookbooks, shake blenders or vegetable steamers. You might also request gift cards to clothing stores if your clothing size is changing or will change in the near future.
For more advice on staying on track with your diet and exercise during the holidays, contact Endobariatric today.
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