Health Coach Corner – Maintain – not gain – weight through the holidays!

Health Coach Corner by Maria Hicks

So, thanksgiving is over and Christmas and New Year’s is approaching.  This is always a wonderful time of year and also a wonderful time of parties and food and fun!   A lot of people I work with (including myself) want to find strategies to maintain – not gain – weight through the holidays!

 I don’t expect anyone to try really hard to lose weight through the holidays… that’s not very realistic, but we can do some things to maintain weight (and not gain the average of 5-7 lbs).  Sound good?  I thought so!

Here are some of my favorite tips for maintaining your weight through the holidays:

  • Extra Mini exercise sessions – everyday:  20 push ups, 20 crunches, 20 jumping jacks, 20 squats (repeat 2 times)
  • Eat a snack (veggies) BEFORE a holiday party
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of WATER before an alcoholic drink
  • Holiday buffet:  fill your plate ONE time and enjoy your desserts, just pick the 1-2 that you want the most!
  • Skip the Dips (and save mega calories) – do your veggies really need ranch?  Try hummus instead!
  • Are there holiday lights in your neighborhood?  Perfect chance to take nightly walks to see the lights!
  • Holiday baking?  Use applesauce instead of oils!
  • Try to maintain your sleep schedule and find ways to relax during the holidays.  Stressful holidays can cause weight gain and over-eating.  Relax, breathe, exercise…
3 replies
  1. says:

    Just wanted to say Im a frequent visitor here , and always interested in your posts.
    If it wasnt for you I my knowledge on this topic wouldnt be so tremendous.
    Now back to the topic. Me , Im personally a health freak. I need to go to the gym everyday. No matter the situation. I also like to eat what I want so that explains why I go everyday. But all of these programs and pills is complete and utterly B.S! Honestly to everyone take my words. Get out there excerise and become more physically active because trying a diet or a pill wont any solve anything. I have seen diets where people starve themselves to lose weight only to gain in back the next month. Take my advice people Just excerise daily even if its for 15-30 minutes a day. It really can help!

  2. Cameron K. Blevins
    Cameron K. Blevins says:

    My family has just purchased a Jack LaLane juicer to us at home and we are already using it. My husband was mixing juice for him and our two young daughters Of course you would not keep the girls sitting on the side lines they would have to help out. The juice colors are off; it looks likes things you may never wanted to even taste it alone let alone to drink a glass; but they are really good; the ones i have tried.We are loving it and hope we will hope for better health, and energy.

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