It’s officially Fall. Halloween has come and gone. American Thanksgiving and, God help us, CHRISTMAS are not far behind.
I know, I know. You’re still secretly hoping for one last beach day and you’re damned if you’re going to cover up the BBQ before it’s covered with three inches of snow.
But let’s get real If you’re like most people, you’re thinking:
It’s time to layer up and hide the extra pounds.
But what if you didn’t have to necessarily hide anything? I know it’s common practice to bundle up each fall and winter and put on some padding around the midsection.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There are two ways you can approach the upcoming holiday season:
1. Do the same thing you’ve done every year and gain that holiday weight
2. Change a few habits to maintain your weight or even lose a few pounds.
The second option sounds much more appealing, doesn’t it? Keep reading.
Around this time every year, you start eating more and moving less.
It’s cold out so you don’t feel like travelling to the gym. And you indulge more because you can hide it under layers of clothes.
Let’s approach this coming chilly season with a different approach to beat the holiday bulge.
1. Plan, Plan, Plan Your Eating
Plan out your meals based on your schedule. We are all creatures of habit. Don’t count on inspiration and good eating habits to happen automatically. Instead, eat more or the less the same breakfast and lunch every weekday. Save the variety and originality for snacks, dinners, and weekends.
2. Be Flexible But Consistent
Use flexible dieting, an approach that allows you to choose any food, as long as it fits into your overall calorie plan. Discard forever the simple-minded and mistaken idea of “good foods” and “bad foods.”
3. Be Mindful When Eating Out
l almost guarantees you’re going to exceed the days you eat out. Compensate by being mindful of what you’re eating earlier in the day. Most people overeat carbohydrates and fat because they are the tastiest. Keep your protein high during the day and supplement that with plenty of vegetables to keep you full, while consuming fewer calories
4. Maintain Your Exercise Routine
Don’t cut back on your exercise routine because it’s too cold out or you have holiday party eating plans. This is a massive mistake. Not only are you increasing your food intake, but you are also decreasing your activity level. This will accelerate the weight gain over the holiday season. If you’re planning on a get-together or a special occasion coming up, make sure you do your workout beforehand. Your metabolism stays high and your body can utilize some of the extra food towards recovery and muscle-building.
5. Don’t Go Crazy on Boozing It Up
The holiday season and alcohol go hand in hand, and that’s okay. What’s not okay is the types and amounts of beverages you are consuming. There are some quick swaps you can make to help your intake. If you are a beer drinker, switch to light. If you enjoy liquor, use zero-calorie mixers like rum and diet cola or vodka and soda. Do not eat after you start drinking. You will lose track of what you’re consuming. Eat beforehand.
If you’ve tried and tried and failed each year to navigate the holiday madness and seen the extra pounds creeping on, I have something for you.
Imagine enjoying your time through the holiday season and not gaining a pound. Imagine having your family members in shock and awe of your new body transformation. Imagine a boost in confidence to actually mingle at the holiday parties. It’s possible – you just have to take a step in the right direction.
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Jon Vlahogiannakos, Owner of Strong Jon Fitness.
I am Jon Vlahogiannakos, Owner of Strong Jon Fitness. Whatever you’ve tried to get in great shape – I’ve been there.
I was that overweight kid growing up. That didn’t get any better going into high school. I gained up to 40lbs at a time and ended up losing it all and more to where I was skinny fat.
My dreams were to make it into a level of professional hockey somewhere, but as fate would have it, I was not good enough. It did help me shift gears and find my true passion and calling – health and fitness.
After years of trial and error, the birth of my son, injuries, and weight loss success – I can honestly say I have been where you are and I can help you get past it. I’ve made mistakes so that you don’t have to.
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