SUPPLEMENTAL HOLIDAY SURVIVAL TIPS

PREPARE EARLY

You know that the holidays are fast approaching so start offsetting some of the additional calories to come now. Limit some of your unneeded calories the days or weeks leading up to your feasts. Skip on a few desserts and sweets plus pass on some second helpings to help offset some of the potential damage to come.

EAT WHAT YOU WANT BUT DON’T OVER DO IT

When you do get to the Thanksgiving feast table don’t be too strict. Get what you want to eat but don’t go overboard. If you totally restrict the pumpkin pie you have been craving you will almost assuredly breakdown later and eat twice as much.

MODERATION IS PARAMOUNT

If you have multiple feasts to attend (especially on the same day or over the course of 2 or 3 days) eat what you want at the first then start be more selective at the remaining. For example, eat the green bean casserole and brownies at the first meal then start avoiding the desserts and richer foods later on. Base the majority of your food selections around turkey or ham, moderate mashed potatoes with limited gravy and any vegetables that might be available at the later meals.

DON’T SKIP MEALS TO SAVE CALORIES

Some people like to avoid eating breakfast or other early meals on the day of their feasting. This is done to offset the calorie intake from the feast to come. However, by the time the Thanksgiving meal does start they are so hungry they eat way more than they would have if they had breakfast.  Since many of the choices at a Thanksgiving meal are calorie dense people end up consuming more calories anyway.

DON’T LET 1- OR 2-DAYS TURN INTO 2 WEEKS OR WORSE

Make sure to get in a couple of good meals but end it there. 1 or 2 days of bad eating is not going to make you gain 10lbs of fat but 1 or 2 months definitely can. You will need to use some will power and common sense but don’t get so caught up in all the Holiday drama that you make bad choices for the last 2 or 3 months of the calendar year. Say no more than yes to all of the extra goodies that show up in the work breakroom and make sure to get to the gym on a regular basis.

GET SOME CARDIO IN AFTER EACH MEAL

After you are done eating don’t find the nearest Lazy Boy. Take a short 15 to 20-minute walk and you will digest your meal much better as well as help offset other negative hormonal reactions from all the sugar and extra calories you probably just consumed.

SKIP THE PIZZA FOR SUPPER AFTER THANKSGIVING DINNER

One of the busiest days of the year for Pizza being ordered is Thanksgiving Day. It seems many folks are too tired from all the preparation leading up to the big eating event to concern themselves with making another meal. However, following up a Thanksgiving dinner with a food as calorie rich as pizza is definitely not a good idea for your waistline. Find something a little lighter in saturated fat and sugar than pizza.

DRINK PLENTY OF FLUID

Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your appetite somewhat suppressed. Drinking plenty of water will also help to offset some of the higher than normal sodium intake that is bound to occur. Don’t fall into the trap of drinking lots of punch, sodas, or other high sugar drinks that often abound around the holidays

LIMIT ALCOHOL

Seems like a pretty obvious tip but one quick way to increase your caloric intake quickly is to consume alcohol. Limit yourself to a drink or two but don’t go overboard.

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