Fitness Holiday | Redirect Your Attention OFF Food to Beat Holiday Weight Gain

Fitness Holiday | If your family gatherings normally revolve around food, it’s time to begin a new tradition.

Take the focus off of food, get people away from the buffet table, and do an fitness holiday activity that everyone will enjoy.

Create a Fitness Holiday and play a game, make a holiday craft, dance to your favorite holiday tunes, play a motion-based video game, go ice skating, build a snowman, or go sledding.

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Fitness Holiday | Las Vegas Live-in Fitness Residential Weight Loss Camp

Let your fitness holiday beat holiday weight gain for yourself and those on whom you have a positive influence.

What do holiday parties and get together all have in common?

Food and drinks…high-calorie food and drinks, that is!

No wonder most people gain weight during the holidays.

Everywhere you turn, you’re surrounded by sweet temptations to sabotage your fitness holiday mindset – holiday cookies, gingerbread houses, pumpkin pies, and more. Even healthy foods like sweet potatoes and green beans are magically transformed into high-calorie dishes that will make you want to do nothing but fall asleep. And don’t forget the drinks. Eggnog and alcoholic beverages are loaded with calories.

Want to sidestep those holiday pounds?

Stay Focused on Making it a Fitness Holiday

Yes, the holidays bring yummy foods and drinks, but friend gatherings and family traditions aren’t about food. Before a party, remind yourself what the holiday season is all about – friends, family, giving, and religious traditions. Then stay focused on the reason for the season rather than the plate full of hors d’oeuvres in front of you.

Second, stay focused on your dieting goals. Remind yourself of where you’ve come from and where you’re going. Keep your goals in the forefront of your mind. A few bites of food aren’t worth hours on the treadmill.

The holidays can be a time of emotional eating. For many people, the holidays bring stress, family conflict, or depression. Learn to address the root of your problems with solutions other than food or drink.

Strategize Your Fitness Holiday

Is your holiday social calendar filled with night after night of parties and events? It’s time to come up with a plan. If you want to keep your diet on track, you’ll need to pace yourself. Don’t come to a party hungry but eat a small low-calorie snack ahead of time. Otherwise, you’ll overeat. When it’s time for extreme measures, wear tight-fitting clothes around your waist so there’s not much room for expansion.

Before and after a meal, chew gum so you won’t be tempted to overindulge in appetizers and desserts. During a party, don’t stand right next to the food table, but keep a safe distance. And before you get a plate of food, choose your plate wisely. Go with a small plate instead of a large dinner plate and don’t go back for seconds!

Another important strategy is figuring out how to get in the gym between parties. Leaving room in your busy holiday schedule for exercise will help you fight off the extra weight trying to attach itself to your midsection and rear.

Wise Choices

Be smart about what you choose to eat. Don’t deprive yourself of all the foods you love or you’ll likely spurge and ruin all your good intentions. Enjoy the goodness of the season, but in moderation. Trim calories where you can by limiting your trimmings-cheeses, gravy, sauces, creams, and nuts.

The holidays offer many food choices not available the rest of the year. Because of this, you may want to overindulge before they’re gone. Instead of doing this, survey what foods are available and make your choices. Indulge in your favorites and leave the everyday dishes for another time. Only eat what you love, and don’t just eat something because it’s on the buffet.

Also, be sure to limit the amount of alcoholic beverages you drink. While you may not know it, they’re filled with calories, too. Try alternating an alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic drink.

Follow these simple tips, and you will avoid holiday weight gain this season and start the New Year off right!

Exercise is a huge part of the equation when it comes to achieving weight loss. Share your favorite activities and have a wonderful fitness holiday.

 

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Visions of Sugar Plums Dancing in Your Head or a Fitness Holiday Weight Loss Camp!?

Red and green decorations are around, nostalgic tunes fill the airways and the kids are hard at work on their letters for Santa. You would like to ask Santa for your very own fitness holiday!

A Fitness Holiday is on your list this year but it isn’t found at your local department store.

You’re wishing for washboard abs—so I’ve put together your Fitness Holiday “Twelve Days of Christmas –Flat Belly Edition” just for you.

Fitness Holiday – On the First Day… Give yourself the gift of Burpees.
Created in the 1930′s by psychologist Royal H. Burpee, the burpee is an intense full body exercise that helps burn fat and tone muscles. A burpee is done in the following 5 steps: 1) Stand with feet shoulder width apart. 2) Drop to a squat with your hands on the ground. 3) Jump or step back while lowering into a push-up. 4) Return to squat position. 5) Step or Jump up with arms overhead.

Fitness HolidayOn the Second Day…Give yourself the gift of Fiber.
Stocking up on fiber will do wonders for your abs. High fiber foods are nutrient dense and low in calories. Try these high fiber favorites: raspberries, pear (with skin), artichoke, peas, apples (with skin), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and carrots.

Fitness Holiday - On the Third Day…Give yourself the gift of a Medicine Ball.
The first medicine balls were created in Persia over 3,000 years ago, made with sand filled bladders and used by wrestlers as part of their conditioning. Today you can get the same rippling abs by incorporating medicine balls into your exercise routine. Do a sit-up holding a medicine ball at your chest then throw it to a partner as you raise your chest toward your knees; or hold a medicine ball with arms straight up in the air as you do crunches.

Fitness Holiday – On the Fourth Day…Give yourself the gift of Reduced Salt.
Too much salt leads to water retention—and that spells disaster for your six pack. Pay attention to the sodium content of your food. Limit salt intake by not eating packaged foods and by putting down the salt shaker.

Fitness Holiday – On the Fifth Day…Give yourself the gift of Oblique V-Sits.
Who really wants a muffin top? You don’t, so incorporate Oblique V-Sits into your routine in 3 simple steps. 1) Lie on your side with legs straight and hands behind your head. 2) Raise your arms and legs simultaneously, while exhaling and squeezing your obliques. 3) Repeat on the other side.

Fitness Holiday – On the Sixth Day…Give yourself the gift of Lean Protein.
Along with fiber, your meals should be packed with lean protein. This will help support muscle growth while controlling blood sugar – all important factors when it come to washboard abs.

Fitness Holiday – On the Seventh Day…Give yourself the gift of Sprints.
The days of long slow cardio sessions are long gone. Research has long since taught us what we now know- that short intense bursts of cardio are the ideal way to melt fat. Run 60-90 second sprints in between resistance training sets to really kick your fat burning mechanism into high gear.

Fitness Holiday – On the Eighth Day…Give yourself the gift of No Sugar.
Sure, sugar tastes good, but indulging in it causes your body to store layers of fat. Enjoy fresh fruit, rather than refined sugar. If you really want washboard abs, then say no to sugar.

Fitness Holiday – On the Ninth Day…Give yourself the gift of Hanging Leg Raises.
This is one of the most effective ways to strengthen your abdominals. 1) Hang from pull-up bar or lie flat on your back with legs fully extended. 2) Exhale and drive your knees up toward your chest. 3) Inhale as you slowly lower your legs back down.

Fitness Holiday – On the Tenth Day…Give yourself the gift of No Grain.
If you’re serious about that six pack then put down the breadbasket. Grains are full of insulin-spiking carbohydrates—the perfect combination for fattening you up. Learn to love grain-free meals that center on lean meats and vegetables.

Fitness Holiday – On the Eleventh Day…Give yourself the gift of Mountain Climbers.
Here’s another intense exercise that really targets your abs while also burning fat. 1) Get into push-up position. 2) Exhale as you alternately drive your knees in toward your chest, keeping your back flat.

Fitness Holiday – On the Twelfth Day…Give yourself the gift of Washboard Abs.
Contact me about my belly flattening programs that will get you those washboard abs that you’re wishing for. Call or email me today to get started on your fitness holiday!