Resist the urge to hibernate during the holidays
Three Tips to Help You Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
The Wharf is all about playtime, but we want to help you meet all your fitness goals too! That’s why we recruited Stephanie Christie of Moxie, a cardio fitness experience that focuses on creating health and wellness by strengthening the mind and body in unison. Sound good to you? Then read on for Stephanie’s tips for battling holiday laziness!
The holiday season is here and with it comes fun, family, and feasts. Before you know it, we’ll be piling our plates with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and more.
But before you head back to the buffet for seconds, you might want to think about some ways to avoid undoing all the hard work you do to stay healthy each day. Did you know that the average American gains a pound during the holiday season? And if you are overweight that number is more likely to be over 5 pounds. A pound a year during the holidays is not much weight; but most Americans never lose that pound.
Studies show that most people exercise less and eat more during the winter, so it’s important to do your best to buck that trend, especially when the holidays roll around.
Try these science-backed strategies for indulging without overdoing it.
SKIP THE POST-TURKEY NAP
Sure, it feels good to lie down after filling up on a holiday meal. But even though turkey is notorious for bringing on the zzzz — it contains tryptophan, a naturally occurring amino acid that is often argued to increase drowsiness, as are carb-rich casseroles, potatoes, and pumpkin pies — you’re better off resisting the urge to sleep.
Snoozing after a large meal can lead to weight gain and increase your risk of stroke and, according to a study from The American Journal of Gastroenterology, heartburn and acid reflux.
COOK HEALTHY, BUY HEALTHY, EAT HEALTHY
When it’s the holiday season, high-calorie temptation is all around you. Don’t give in!
For starters, expend your calories on foods that are worth it. Bypass the store bought cookies and snacks; indulge in quality instead of quantity like a slice homemade Yule log or pumpkin pie. But don’t feel guilty if you indulge! Make a choice to eat healthy the next day, take a group fitness class, and drink lots of water.
If you’re cooking for a group or hosting a party, do your best to limit processed foods and make sure you provide healthy options for your guests. If they’re not tempted, neither are you! And if you’re baking, try substituting Greek yogurt or applesauce for butter and oil. This works best in breads or muffins.
And don’t forget to be mindful of gluten allergies, intolerances, and gluten-free diets. The gluten-free lifestyle is on the rise, and at lest one guest is bound to require (or prefer) gluten-free options at your holiday gathering.
WATCH YOUR PORTIONS
To stay satiated but still alert, keep portions small (you can always go back for more!) and eat slowly to allow your brain to recognize if you’re full. Then wait a few hours before you give in to your feast-induced nap, if you must take one. Your body won’t feel bogged down the next day, letting you clip in and dance it out with plenty of strength throughout your holiday season!
Also, if you’re headed to a holiday party where there’ll be plenty of treats, eat a healthy meal or a protein-packed snack before you leave. Going to a party hungry makes saying no to high calorie snacks and treats more difficult.
BREAK A SWEAT
There’s no better way to stay motivated during the holidays than by sticking to your workout routine. With work holidays and family and large meals all tempting you to stay on the couch, it can be tough, but try not to let more than a couple days go by without being active. Join us for Moxie’s Holiday Jingle Jam on December 14th.