How To Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

With the holidays quickly approaching you may be concerned about the inevitable weight gain associated with the holidays. All of the cookies, cakes, and parties tend to really pack on the pounds. How can you prevent that holiday weight gain? Or is it inevitable?

When it comes to preventing putting on the pounds during the holiday season, the best approach is to be honest with yourself. Truth be told you are most likely going to eat the cookies and desserts and I think you should. However, not all hope is lost. There are many ways you can prevent adding too much weight. Let's dive on in.

As a personal trainer in Lancaster for over 20 years, there are many tricks of the trade that I have used with clients that have proven to deliver great results. First, you need to remember the basic equation of calories in versus calories out. Fundamentally, if you take in more calories than you burn you are going to gain weight. How does this apply?

If there is a party that you know you are going to attend don't fool yourself into thinking that you're going to try to eat perfectly. Rather make sure to take into account the calories in versus calories out equation. That being said if you know you are going to have an evening where you eat many calories, make sure to eat much less calorie towards the beginning and middle stages of the day. If you want to go a step further throw in some exercise to put you in more of a positive caloric balance.

Accountability is a major factor and tracking your calories is a must. By tracking your calories via journal, MyFitnessPal, etc, you can make sure that you don't get out of hand with your caloric intake. Another trick is to make sure that you are eating plenty of protein with the sweets that you consume. This will help to fill up your stomach and slow the impact of those sugary carbs.

Make sure to drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Going for a walk after the big meal is also a great idea.

The holiday season is a great time to enjoy family and friends and to celebrate. Following these principles listed above, you don't have to worry excessively about gaining too much weight. If done the smart way you can help to keep those pounds off. Just remember not to overdo it, donít get discouraged .