The holidays are right around the corner, which means all the wonderful parties and food that comes with them. If you play your cards right, you will soar through the holidays without falling into the weight gain trap that ensnares so many people this time of year. To help you avoid falling into the holiday trap here are seven ways to avoid weight gain and maintain your health, weight, and dignity.
#7 – Kickstart Your Metabolism With A Cleanse
Start the season off right by cleansing your body. Removing all the junk from your life will kick-start your metabolism and help you get into fat-burning mode. Isagenix has an effective and simple cleanse to help you get started. No, we are not talking about one of the fad juice cleanses that keep you on the toilet for the better part of a week. This is healthier, easier on your system, and more effective to help you get through the holidays. Isagenix has two options to kick start your cleanse the 9 day or 30 day.
#6 – Keep Your Regular Routine Of Sleep And Exercise.
Many people give up exercising this time of year due to changes in weather. In addition, due to extra parties and gatherings, many people get less sleep despite the longer nights. Be sure to keep your regular routine in both areas to keep your body working normally. Studies have shown that when you sleep significantly less than your body needs, you end up eating more, and yet your metabolism slows down. Be sure you the right amount of sleep.
#5 – Choose Healthy Menu Items.
While the holidays bring with it many traditional dishes, many of those are not healthy for the body. Choose healthier menu items, limiting the amount of sugar and simple carbohydrates. Also, be sure you have plenty of fresh vegetables to be sure your body receives all the nutrients it needs to function properly.
#4 – Limit Alcohol Consumption.
While it may seem like you need a few drinks to make it through the obligatory holiday dinner with the in-laws, try to limit the amount of alcohol you consume. This is a two-reason recommendation. First, most alcohol are high in sugar and carbohydrates. Second, alcohol lowers your inhibitions, and can cause you to eat more than you normally would which lead to holiday weight gain.
#3 – Avoid “Saving” Calories.
Some people believe that they can save calories from one meal to apply to another and their body will be just fine. Unfortunately, this is an urban myth. When you eat a 1,500 calorie per day diet, eating three meals of 500 calories is different from eating one meal with all 1,500 calories. Your body is designed to need fuel, known as calories, throughout the day. When you consumer a large amount of calories at one time in sacrifice of calories at another time, you are actually putting your body in starvation mode, which then stores fat because it wants to ensure it has calories to burn as it needs them. Instead of saving these calories for your annual dinner, practice moderation.
#2 – Keep Yourself From Starving Before The Party.
One reason many people eat more than they need at holiday gatherings is the common delay in getting to the food. Add to that you were already hungry when you arrived, and you are now famished and over eat. So be sure to eat a small meal before you go to the holiday parties, and you will not have the dire cravings for food that lead to consuming too much. Isalean shakes are a great quick small meal to have before going out to special events.
#1 – Always Remain Positive.
One of the biggest reasons people end up packing on the pounds during this holidays is actually a negative thought cycle. You begin the season with determination that you are going to maintain your health and weight. Then the first party you eat a little more than you should, and you notice the next morning that you packed on an extra two pounds. Most people would just give up at this point. Stay positive, remember that every day is a new opportunity and no matter what the slip is one day, it does not mean you have to keep slipping the next day. Its important that you keep cleansing your mind of negative thoughts and stay positive.
As you head into your holidays, do so with confidence that you are going to rock the end of the year. Apply these seven tips to your holidays and you will enter the New Year with pride and confidence.
For more tips on how to cleanse over the holiday, we recommend this holiday cleanse article.