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  • The Holiday 7: Holiday Eating Strategies for Success

    By Travis Steffen on Wednesday, November 24, 2010in Weight Loss  

    Every year between the end of November and the first of January, the average person gains seven pounds in weight. We know you’ve all been working out hard and the last thing you want to see is all your hard work being undone over the holiday season.

    Here are some helpful holiday eating & exercise tips that will help you enjoy your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s festivities (or the festivities of whichever holidays you celebrate) without piling on the extra pounds.

    1. Do a home workout – Just because your gym might be closed for a couple of days, that’s no excuse to skip out on your workouts. WorkoutBOX has some great Home Workouts that you can do anywhere as they don’t require any gym equipment.
    2. Load up on vegetables – The average turkey dinner with all the extras has the potential to weigh in at a massive +1500 calories. Get around this by loading your plate with lean white meat and fresh boiled veggies. Keep the gravy, stuffing, and junk food to a minimum.
    3. Think before you eat – It’s so easy to over-indulge after dinner. Before you pick something up and pop it in your mouth, think to yourself, ‘Am I actually hungry? Do I need to eat this?’
    4. Eat Slowly – It takes around 20 minutes for your stomach to send signals to your brain to register that it’s full. If you eat quickly, you will eat more than you need to. Listen to your body and stop when you feel full.
    5. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water – Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. If you alternate your drinks with a glass of water you could cut your calorie intake from alcohol by half – and save yourself a headache.
    6. Know your weaknesses – Most people have a soft spot for particular foods and tend to over-indulge on those. If you know what these are, write them down beforehand and make a conscious effort to try only have these in moderation.
    7. Eat breakfast – Having a complete, sensible breakfast on Christmas morning will prevent your blood sugar levels from falling so you are not ravenous at dinner time.
    8. Keep active – The more active you are, the more calories you’ll burn. A morning run or an after dinner walk will help to reduce the overall calorie surplus you’d otherwise see during the holidays.
    9. Treat yourself, but just a little – We’re not saying you shouldn’t enjoy yourself, but be realistic. Don’t pile your plate up at the buffet table. Take a few treats and fill the rest with fresh, nutrient-rich options such as fresh fruits, raw veggies, low-calorie dressings and salads.
    10. Put your workout first – Make your workout a priority even if time is tight. If you can’t make your full workout time, then cut it short by reducing the number of sets or cardio time. Try and do something even if you only have 10 minutes. At the very least, these workouts serve as damage control over the holidays, and allow you to relax and enjoy yourself without feeling guilty.

    We hope these tips will help you stay on the right track through the party season. Remember, the team here at WorkoutBOX will be continuing to help and support you all the way through 2011 and beyond.

    We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, and we wish you happy holidays!

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    About Travis
    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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