Now is the time to start all your planning for the holidays . . . travel, vacations, family gatherings, special meals, parties . . . and, importantly, your health!
The average weight gain during the holiday season is estimated to range from 5 to 10 pounds. Avoid the extra pounds by adopting a plan that will help you enjoy the holidays in better health and without the damaging effects of weight gain.
Here are top five suggestions for preventing the holiday weight gain:
(1) Focus on the People. When attending parties, special meals and family gatherings, remember the reason why you are there – to connect with your friends and loved ones!
(2) Snack Before the Event. Take time to eat some healthy snacks such as lean protein, fruits and vegetables before you get to the event. Try an EnergyFirst shake. If you are not hungry, you are less likely to head straight for the candy bowl.
(3) Smaller Plates – Smaller Portions. If available, choose a smaller plate to use for your meals and snacks at a holiday event. An easy way to enjoy a “cheat” meal or snack at holiday events is to take a small portion (½ or less) you would normally take.
(4) Stay Active. Continue to prioritize your exercise routine despite all the extra demands on your time. Incorporate activities to your holiday schedule such as family hikes or trips to the park.
(5) Keep a Health Diary. We recommend keeping a health diary year-round; however, it is especially useful during busy times such as the holidays. It is a great tool that helps you track your nutrition, exercise and health. Writing down your health goals and tracking your progress is the best way to keep yourself accountable.
The following Daily Health Diary is one of the useful tools found in the Energy Guidebook. For more helpful information and tools, check out the Energy Guidebook. The Energy Guidebook will teach you a simple, practical, and effective lifestyle that will get you into the best shape of your life.
Daily Health Diary
Day: (circle) Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun Date: _______________ Health Day # _________
WEIGHT:_______ (LBS) WAIST: ________ (INCHES) BODY FAT: _______ (%) RESTING HR: _____(BPM)