Between relaxed routines and calorie-heavy treats, there are many reasons you might put on a few extra pounds during the holiday season. Holiday weight gain may be a commonly recognized trend among Americans, but you don’t have to succumb to it. To help you optimize your health in the upcoming months, here are a few tips that wellness coaches recommend.
5 Ways to Keep Holiday Weight Gain Under Control
1. Embrace a Variety of Foods
Keeping your calorie count under control can be difficult when holiday treats, company lunches, and family dinners are a common occurrence. While you don’t necessarily have to abstain from these celebrations, take steps to navigate your nutrition carefully. Rather than indulging in sugary sweets, for example, opt for protein and vegetable snacks to fill up while avoiding empty calories.
2. Snack Slowly
It takes the human body about 20 to 30 minutes to feel full after eating. That’s why wellness coaches encourage clients to take their time when eating. Snack slowly to keep yourself from overeating and have more opportunities to enjoy seasonal flavors.
3. Stay Hydrated
Drink water throughout the day to feel full and keep your digestive system moving properly. Choosing water will also make you less likely to indulge in beverages that may contribute to weight gain, such as soda, alcohol, and eggnog.
4. Steer Clear of Stress
When you’re stressed, your body releases more cortisol, a hormone that can influence your cravings for sugar. While the holidays can cause anxiety levels to peak, wellness coaches recommend taking the time to relax and tend to your own needs. Regular exercise, meditation, and deep breathing are all effective ways to achieve stress relief.
5. Don’t Skimp on Sleep
Not getting enough sleep will result in a variety of hormonal imbalances that can reduce the number of calories you burn each day as well as increase cravings for unhealthy foods. To keep your metabolism in check, get the recommended seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night.
As simple as these tips may seem, making drastic life changes to improve your overall health and weight management efforts isn’t always easy, especially during the hectic holiday season. Turn to Roanne Abe of Goal Focused Results to help you overcome these struggles with confidence. Serving Kaneohe, HI, and the entire Oahu community, this certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach will evaluate your unique lifestyle and identify ways you can enhance your nutrition, fitness, and willpower to prevent weight gain. Visit the wellness coach online to learn more about her qualifications and services, and call (808) 386-2834 to schedule a free clarity session.