The Biggest mistake you can make this holiday season is to get out of your normal healthy routine. Unless you don't already have one, then the biggest mistake is not starting one this holiday season, and the best time is now, not on Jan 1st. The best time is always now.
It is already November, not sure where 2013 went, and I am already seeing Christmas lights being put up! Way too early in my opinion, but the point is, here comes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. (In that order) The next two months most likely have a few sugar cookies and binge eating in your future. But the worse thing you can do is drag this out over two months. Why do New Year's weightloss resolutions fail? Because you just binged for two months and are probably now going through sugar or carbohydrate withdraws. Sugar is a drug. Now I am not saying not to participate in any holiday festivities. But control yourself. Practicing self control will keep you on track. For example, say you don't usually eat mashed potatoes and gravy, but it's Thanksgiving and I WANT it! Then eat it, it's only one day out of the year, but pass on dessert. Give and take. If you pass on the carbs for dessert instead, make sure you separate your meal and dessert by at least an hour. That way you don't spike your insulin levels and store more of that turkey to fat.
Do not stop your workout routine. It is easy to get out of the routine of working out during the holidays. Not only will you have a hard time burning off those extra calories but those stress levels that are high from maxing out your credit card or seeing your cousin that you cant stand to be in the same room with will creep up on you and cause more weight gain. I have a great 12 minute workout routine that can be done in your living room through the holidays.
Don't drag it out! If you are gonna binge, then make sure it is November 28th and December 25th ONLY! Cookie, pies, and cakes are gonna be out a lot more days than that. And you know there will be left overs, but don't drag it out, its over, done with, now lets get a workout in!
If you are in the Dallas Fort Worth area make sure to call 972.701.WELL(9355) to reserve your seat in my free Healthy for the Holidays seminar held at my office Adjust in Dallas.
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