Like most of you, I refuse to give up my “holiday cheer” and Thanksgiving dinner. I’m an everything-in-moderation sort of person. While I will allow a few cheats this holiday season, I also refuse to have them derail my fitness efforts. It’s taken me too long to get to where I am right now! I do have a few tools in my arsenal to help combat holiday weight gain. Come share your tips!
- Doubles. Leading up to Thanksgiving day, I’m doubling my workouts. This serves two purposes. The first, most obvious one, is to go into the holiday ahead of the game. The second is, when I have recently ramped up my fitness/clean eating efforts it is simply easier to stay on track. You know that whole inertia thing? When you get that fitness momentum going you tend to want to keep it in motion.
- 3-Day Shakeology Cleanse or 3-Day Refresh. Either one is perfect after a long holiday weekend to get you back on track. Many of our challengers report losing 3-8 pounds in just a few days.
- My Fitness Pal. On days when you know that you’ll be going overboard, it can be helpful to track calories. That way, you can either burn those extras off in the days to follow or create that much of a calorie deficit.
- My Crock Pot. This time of year can be super-busy, so planning Crock Pot Meals can be a lifesaver for fighting the temptation to grab a quick (unhealthy) dinner. I’ll be running a 7-Day Clean Eating Crock Pot Group in early December. Join us!
- Practice the 3-Bite Rule. Thanks to our friend Christin M. for sharing her 3-bite rule, “I’ll be practicing the 3 bites rule for desserts and treats: The first bite is the best, the last the grand finale, and every bite in between is the same. In three bites, you get the full dessert experience, so really focus on savoring those three and you’re less likely to overindulge.”
- Shakeology. I make it a point NEVER to skip my Shakeology. It helps keep cravings under control and makes me feel fuller. It’s great to drink right before a party to keep the munchies at bay.
Share your own tips for staying on track in the comments section below.