Keeping Up with Your Weight during Holiday Season

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s that time of the year again where everywhere you go there’s food to eat. I mean some seriously good-tasting food that you can’t resist. The cold weather, the never-ending party munchies, and that oh-so-good meat on the table that’s ready to be eaten. Lo and behold, Christmas is a time for weight gain.
Generally speaking, according to Ursula Arens, from the British Dietetic Association, people gain 2kg in the four-week Christmas period and attempting to lose weight within these phases of time is next to daydreaming. Granting that I can’t give you solutions on how to lose weight during the holiday season, I can only give you ways to avoid the common habits related to weight gain and how to maintain your weight as it is (well, at least).
First and foremost, never goes to parties with an empty stomach. What usually happens after this is overeating which will cause more weight gain. Do not over-indulge at cocktail occasions instead eat some light snacks an hour before the party started or better yet before you go to the party. Try to consider apple, cheese, wholegrain crackers or nuts.
Next, keep up with exercise. Most of the time people got so occupied attending Christmas parties and forgot to set some personal time for exercise. Maintain regular jogs or walk with the kids to the park or beach in return for the food you ate. Added to that, you can also engage in outdoor or indoor sports like tennis, swimming, basketball, etc. if you are not up for sports such as those, try to check out your local Zumba class, pilates, or yoga.
Third, do not eat all the food placed on the table. I understand that Christmas is a great time to try out new recipes, but you might want to pay more attention to your body and know when it is enough. Be choosier when it comes to food, it will greatly help you maintain your body weight. Bear in mind, alcoholic beverages are also the main contributor to weight gain. Try to avoid drinking alcohol (especially if you are driving) instead drink juice or other flavored drinks.
Fourth, do not over-extend your Christmas. As soon as the calendar hits January 2, set up a goal and get sweaty in the gym. Who knows you can flaunt your amazing bikini bods on summer! Change your eating habit and do not buy too much food. Christmas is over, avoid junk food, and buy what is needed and at the same time healthy.
Lastly, when life gets back to normal days you can focus on balancing your lifestyle. I am not suggesting you to suppress your hunger in order to compensate the food you ate during Christmas, but rather eat quality food in moderate amount and always include healthy diet like fresh fruits and veggies followed by regular exercise daily. Being healthy means a happier you – inside and out. Your body will thank you for that.
While following these tips accordingly, it is always best to have fun during the holiday seasons and do not stop yourself from drinking, eating and being merry. As long as you are doing the right thing for your body and you are happy that is the most important thing you can do for yourself.

Best Ways to Be Inspired During the Process of Weight Loss

We all know, losing weight is a very tiresome process to many of us. It requires us to change everything, from our eating habit to our lifestyle. It is not an easy thing to do, especially when you love food. However, you are not alone. There are plenty of ways to keep the inspiration going by reading about other people’s successful stories of weight loss or surrounds yourself with like-minded people. I have listed some of the best ways you can apply in order to keep yourself focus on your goals.
Be Creative.
Although this may take a bit f effort, nevertheless this is totally worth it. Think of going for a dance class you have been dreaming of, a long walk on the seashore or in the mall, and hey what about trying out the Wii – video game that involving body movement. These activities keep you physically and mentally active and at the same time interesting. At least it can keep you away from boredom.
Maintain Physical Endurance.
Physical endurance can help a lot, from your metabolism, blood circulation, better body function etc. This will help you lessen the chances of getting diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and other types of related illnesses. When you feel healthy, you will know what you are doing is right and that makes you motivated to keep on going during the process of weight loss.
Be Happy.
This may sound cliché to you but believe me or not this is what you need to keep yourself inspired. According to Dr.Tal Ben Shahar, Science of Happiness, people who exercise at least 3 times a week upturns their total happiness than those who do not exercise. Maybe you should start getting a walk outside and enjoy the sun.
“Early Bird Gets the Worm.”
Who said they don’t? Well, they do! Waking up early in the morning is important because it helps you being more dynamic throughout the day. Do not forget to do some exercise in the morning, may it be running or walking, because this will help you balancing your energy and make you focus the whole day. I bet you are going to feel better and inspired than waking up late every day.
Socialize.
One of the most important thing to get inspired (for me) is to socialize with your family and friends and spend some quality time with them. Put your cellphones, laptops and other gadgets down. Keep your work stuff away for a moment and enjoy your time being with the people you care. Doing such activity will greatly help you stay inspired and focused toward your goal. And they are there to encourage you as well. Build relationships and make memories.
Are You Up for Some Sports?
If you aren’t, then maybe you want to consider some indoor activities like Zumba, yoga, pilates, indoor wall climbing etc. These activities are not only fun but keep you in shape while sweating your calories out from your body. If you surround yourself with healthy people, you will be more inspired to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Avoid Staying Up Too Late.
People who stayed up late are usually depressed and unhappy with their life. You don’t want to spend your restless night overthinking and overeating, don’t you? That is why having a good indoor or outdoor physical activity helps you to sleep better at night.
Do not forget to weigh yourself every week and see changes that are taking place and record the result. You will be surprised to see how you have improved from the last week. If you don’t, then perhaps you need to exert more effort to it. Good luck!