Thanksgiving kicks off a season of celebrations filled with comfort foods and high-calorie cocktails. Many people abandon their regular diet and fitness plan during the holidays and end up gaining a couple of extra pounds. While this doesn’t seem like a lot, most people never shed this weight. Gaining just a few pounds each year can quickly add up and contribute to obesity. Follow these four simple steps to maintain your current weight and stay in shape during the holidays.
1. Cheat in moderation.
Let’s face it: no matter how much willpower you have, you are bound to cheat on your diet at least once or twice a week from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The key to preventing weight gain is to cheat in moderation. Choose drinks or dessert at the company Christmas party—but not both.
2. Get enough sleep.
With a full social calendar and overnight guests in your luxurious apartment, your routine can easily be disrupted. Even a seemingly small thing like not getting enough sleep can lead to a larger waistline. When you are tired your brain doesn’t always signal that you are full and overeating ensues. If you try to power through your fatigue with a couple of calorie-laden lattes, the pounds will quickly follow.
3. Stay hydrated.
Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean that you don’t need to drink as much water. Continue to drink at least 2.2 liters of water each day. This helps you feel full so you won’t eat as much and also gives you more energy for workouts.
4. Exercise regularly.
Even if you live in one of our apartment communities with an on-site fitness center, you may not be able to maintain your normal workout schedule. Still, it is important to exercise regularly. Try to squeeze in at least 30 minutes, three times each week. If you are short on time, build fat-burning muscle by skipping cardio and lifting weights. At the very least, hit the dance floor at a holiday party if you can’t hit the gym. And if you over-indulge on an amazing buffet, be sure to increase your time at the gym the next day.
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