7 easy ways keep holiday fluff bay
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7 easy ways to keep the Holiday fluff at bay.

The Holiday season is upon us and for some that also means the Holiday fluff is inching on around that waist. You know, those 15 pounds that creep on between Thanksgiving and New Year’s and make for an even heftier New Year’s resolution. Instead of waiting for January 1st to get that weight off. Start now and make sure those pesky pounds never appear. Here are our 7 easy ways to keep the Holiday fluff at bay.

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1. Eat your salad first. 

During the holidays there tends to be countless meals with family, friends and coworkers. A super simple way to help keep the fluff at bay is to eat the salad first. Then once you have had your salad you can go back for the holiday sides and meat and just make sure to get smaller portions. You will feel better knowing that your meal started with vegetables and the bloat will not be as bad. That is as long as you don’t over stuff with the stuffing!

2. Get your workouts in where you can fit them.

Make your holiday shopping a workout challenge. Do lunges in the grocery aisles, glute kickbacks at checkout and even curls with your goodies during your trips from the car to the house. Having to work long hours? Squeeze in some tricep dips at your desk or calf raises at the microwave. If you are frozen in at home you can get those squats in while folding laundry or push ups while the water boils at the stove.

3. Swap the Eggnog for Soy or Almond nog.

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Regular eggnog has roughly 360 calories per 8 oz cup. That is considered 2 servings. Then add to that the 34 grams of sugar for that 8 oz cup. Almond nog has 90 calories per 8 oz cup giving you the same 2 servings and only 22 grams of sugar. It is also free of dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg, soy, carrageenan, and MSG. And since you are saving those calories with the Almond nog you can go ahead and add that special splash of Amaretto and not even feel guilty about it.

4. Drink your H2O.

Photo courtesy @femmefitalefitclub
Photo courtesy @femmefitalefitclub

When you are not sipping on your Holiday nog make sure you are getting plenty of water. If you think you are hungry, try a glass of water first. Have it with your meals, in between those snacks and try and get in foods that are higher in water content. Apples, cucumbers, celery, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and even radishes are all high in water content. If you can incorporate those items into your meals it will help with your water intake tremendously.

5. Get plenty of  Zzzzzzzzz’s.

Sleep is major role in your health. Lack of sleep can affect your moods, eating habits and ability to focus as well as some less known side effects like memory, being more accident prone and worst of all more susceptible to getting a cold or the flu. You have far too much to do and look forward to so making sure you get the sleep needing to help your body is essential.

6. Take the stairs.

Use those legs and get the heart pumping between flights of stairs. There is always a line waiting for the elevator anyways, so grab your goodies and start the climb. At the office, the mall or your apartments you can get some good cardio just by finding that stairwell!

7. Swap your favorite Holiday dishes for it’s healthier version.

Tell me a dish you love during the Holiday’s and I bet I could find a healthier version of it. A lot of time your friends and family won’t even know that you did the switch on them. From macaroni and cheese, green beans and potatoes to cookies, cakes and pies. A google search can almost always help you make the switch. Check out some of our favorites down below!

 

Bonus Tip!

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Click on over and check out gymGO’s live personal training sessions to make sure you can get those workouts in. If you really want to eat that decadent cake or the sweet potato casserole you will want to make sure you get that good sweat session in.  Sometime’s it is just about good balance. Trade that cake for a great gymGO session.

 

Guilt Free butternut squash mac and “cheese”

Photo courtesy Brandi @eatloveplank
Photo courtesy Brandi @eatloveplank

Gingerbread Muffin Tops

Photo courtesy Kaila @healthyhelperblog
Photo courtesy Kaila @healthyhelperblog

Vegan Peanut Butter Blossom cookies

Photo courtesy Kaila @healthyhelperblog
Photo courtesy Kaila @healthyhelperblog

Raspberry Pumpkin muffins

healthy pumpkin muffin
Photo courtesy Christel @TheFitBlog

Healthy Chocolate Truffels

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Photo courtesy Dixya @Food, Pleasure, and Health

 

Happy Fit Holidays from your gymGO family!

About The Author

Brandi Haney

Brandi is the Social Media Specialist at gymGO. She loves writing blogs, working out and staying up-to-date on all social media trends. When she's not busy writing or researching her next article, you can find her cooking, remodeling her flip house, attending a local fitness event, or working on homework with her kids.

12 comments

  1. December 21, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Thanks for featuring my recipes!!! 😀

    1. Brandi Haney

      December 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Thank you for sharing your great healthy swaps!

  2. December 21, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I’m participating in a Christmas running challenge. Run the distance of a marathon over 7 days. I also try to eat healthy food before all the treats!

    1. Brandi Haney

      December 22, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Challenges are great ways to stay active and have a support community around you.

  3. December 21, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I veg up before anything during the holidays! And lots of tea 😀

    1. Brandi Haney

      December 22, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Tea is a great idea. Fill that belly up with good nutrition first.

  4. December 21, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Great tips! I always feel like I do better if I can keep my daily steps up.

  5. December 21, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Haha! I’d love to see what my hubby would say if I started doing lunges in the grocery aisle. But seriously these are great tips and yes you definitely need to squeeze in the workouts when you can!

    1. Brandi Haney

      December 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

      It is so fun. Holding the cart. Gives the people shopping at the same time something to go home and tell their family about!

  6. December 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I’d say just try not to beat yourself up over overindulging or skipping workouts! If you are normally a healthy, active person, a few missteps isn’t going to hurt you!

    1. Brandi Haney

      December 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

      That is very true

  7. December 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Great advice! It’s really easy to get off track and not stay committed during the holidays, but with the right mindset, it can be done!

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