8 Ways to Beat the Holiday Bulge

Hello lovely people!

With Thanksgiving behind us and the holiday season shifting in to full swing, it’s no wonder your jeans are feeling a little tight already. The lead up to Christmas is an exciting, joyful time – but it can be not so joyful if you’re trying to lose weight. Not only is it getting cold out, but there are parties to attend and temptations everywhere! You can still enjoy this time of year without putting on weight. It’s all about moderation – and this is the key to success. Just because you are trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you have to be boring, or miss out on the fun!

Let’s just face it – losing weight at Christmas time is difficult! A more achievable goal at this time of year is to maintain your weight. No gain = success! It will allow you to still enjoy yourself and start fresh in 2012 to move forward.

These strategic yet simple moves will have you bouncing into 2012 without the extra 5 pounds:

1. Reach for Protein: it is a fact. Protein keeps you feeling full for longer and therefore reduces your appetite. Try grilled meats, nuts, beans, eggs and low fat milk/yoghurt/cheese — yes they may be in disguise at a holiday party but they’ll be there!

2. Fill Up First: going to a holiday party hungry is a recipe for disaster!! Any food looks delicious when you’re hungry. Problem is, it may not be EXACTLY what you’d like to use your splurge card on. Have a (protein) snack before the party to start the night off on the right foot.

3. Drink Up: go easy on the beer/wine/vodka cocktails and stay hydrated with water or seltzer. AH so if the boring alarm is going off and the beverages are ‘accidently’ falling down your throat, steer clear from heavy starches like potatoes, bread, rice and pasta.

4. Go in with a Plan: If you know the party is going to be crazy, plan yourself accordingly. Having simple food limits in place you know you can manage will give you more control over the situation. For example, promise yourself ‘I won’t eat any fried food tonight’ or ‘I will only have one small serving from the buffet’.

5. Get Distracted: instead of finding yourself loitering around the snacks table and being anti-social, mingle and chat with your mates to take your mind off the treats. It doesn’t hurt to say no either. Only eat the foods you enjoy, not just the ones being offered to you.

6. Stop The All or Nothing Approach: if you have a rough day and you eat or drink yourself to death at the party – it’s not the end of the world. The sooner you pick yourself up and get over it, the better for you. Just because you slipped up doesn’t mean you completely failed this holiday season. Failure is when you quit altogether.

7. Keep Up Your Training: continue your awesome workout schedule and try to be as active as possible. But just because you are still training doesn’t give you a free pass to stuff yourself!

8. Maintain Your Fortress: during the holidays, keep your cupboards clear of the snacks that may tempt you to binge. Your home is your safe haven and you have the control. Enjoy the treats, just don’t bring them home with you.

Get a head start on your 2012 goals by giving your body 5 pounds less to lose this January. Think about how hard you have been training this year – you don’t want to waste all your hard work on a month long holiday binge!

Enjoy the season!

Kate :)