Statistically speaking, most people will gain at least a pound during the holidays, with many reporting that they gained as many as five or more pounds. Between the stress of last-minute holiday shopping, the lack of time to work out and the endless parties with their accompanying decadent nibbles, it’s hard to avoid putting on the pounds. However, with the proper forethought, it is possible to prevent yourself from gaining weight at this time of year. In this blog post, Drs. Burt and Will share some helpful and practical tips for staying trim during the holiday season.
Beware of Booze
Many associate the holidays with cocktails and, while we understand the festive nature of drinking, it can be hard on your waistline. If you’re trying to stay trim, cutting out alcohol can be one of the simplest ways to avoid the extra calories. This is particularly true considering the signature drink during this time of year is eggnog, which packs a whopping 223 calories, 11 grams of fat and 20 grams of sugar per serving. Ouch!
If you decide to imbibe, opt instead for champagne spritzer or a vodka and soda, both of which have far fewer calories than eggnog. Make sure to drink water in between each cocktail as well. This will help you to avoid overdoing it (and the dreaded hangover!).
Eat Before Parties
This might sound counterintuitive, but filling up on some healthy foods at home could help you avoid overindulging at the cheese and cracker table. If you do decide to hit the snack buffet, stick by the tried and true veggie plate (hold the ranch dressing). Should you decide to sample something a bit more sinful, try to adhere to the three-bite-rule. Celebrities swear by this! Desserts tend to be the most dangerous when it comes to weight gain, so try and skip this table all together.
Maximize Your Workouts
Because you won’t have as much time to hit the gym during the holidays, work out smarter, not harder. Consider doing something like HIIT (high intensity interval training) or a Tabata workout. There are many different forms of these workouts but, at the core, most of them involve about 20 seconds of high intensity exercise like burpees, mountain climbers or jumping rope, alternated with 10 seconds of rest. The best part about these types of workouts is that you can burn a thousand calories or more in as little as 20 minutes! While we love yoga for its toning and meditation benefits, the holidays call for higher intensity workouts in the interest of time.
Contact Drs. Burt and Will
It’s the most wonderful time of the year unless, of course, you enjoy fitting into your skinny jeans. If you have questions about any of these tips, feel free contact us at (815) 287-8830 (Plainfield), (815) 941-1877 (Morris) or (630) 930-3555 (Hinsdale). If you are someone who is prone to gaining weight regardless of your nutrition and exercise programs, ask us about our body contouring and plastic surgery procedures.