Why You Should Toss Your New Year’s Resolution
Ahh, as the temperatures drop and the clothing covers more flesh– many people get comfortable. As they pull out the elastic waistbands and plan for face-stuffing feasts, they ‘take a break’ from an active and healthy lifestyle with the promise to fix it all with a New Year’s Resolution.
Yep, we all know this time of year….come January the gym will be packed with new faces, social media will be filled with minute-by-minute coverage of how many steps were taken, pics of prepped meals and how many pounds are slated for snuffing out.
We work hard all year, then fizzle out at the end just to start all over again in January.
What if we told you, you could still enjoy a little comfort food while not getting too comfortable in those sweat pants?
Oh yes you can.
Breaking the Face-Stuffing Cycle
While everything is better in moderation, it’s important to have self-control, too. Health and fitness is a lifestyle, not a box to check off on your to-do list. While the holidays are a great time to indulge a little, take steps so you can toss the New Year’s Resolution and hop right back on track without extra back fat.
Know the Difference between Being Full and No Longer Hungry
A major player in the weight gain game is not knowing when to stop. Now– no one is saying you can’t have that scrumptious crescent roll with an unjustifiable amount of butter smothering its seductively succulent carbolicious curves. However, don’t eat until you have to unbutton your pantalones, jibrone.
Like many holiday meals, the options seem endless. You can’t decide between mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole encrusted with butter soaked cinnamon sugar. Biscuits and gravy are calling your name while the honey-baked ham is whispering ‘come hither’…so you decide its all or nothing, right? That’s OK, but load up less than a serving of each. Don’t get two (or three plates). You can treat your taste buds with a bit of everything while avoiding exceeding your daily intake of calories in one meal.
Know the difference between treating yourself and stuffing yourself. Don’t be the turkey. Get smaller servings, eat until you’re not feeling hunger pangs, but don’t annihilate your wardrobe over food.
Save the Date (and Calories)
If you are committed to becoming the stuffed turkey on Thanksgiving evening, treat your body right and maintain a healthy diet throughout the weeks and days leading up to your family feasts.
Consider restricting your caloric intake the days leading up to and after holiday dinners. Know the days you’ll be pampering your palate so you can work those added calories into your meal plans. That way you can do less damage when you’re damaging those garlic bread sticks dipped in mashed potatoes and re-dipped in beer cheese for good measure. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.
Be Proactive in Your Battle Against Holiday Heft
It’s easier to let yourself off the hook if you plan on going all John Cena on your holiday foods. You may slack at the gym, coax yourself into another helping of steakhouse mac n’ cheese and keep looking forward to January when you’ll ‘fix things’.
Don’t be John Cena (at the dinner table.)
Stick to your gym or exercise routine. Think about it, there is no reason not to. The holidays are a few days, not a quarter of a year. Keep on keepin’ on in your healthy lifestyle.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of pain-or, in this case, a pound of fat.
If you plan on murdering multiple meals at mass houses during the holidays, boost your workouts. Add 10-15 minutes to each workout. Add more reps, add more weight, and–brace yourself–add more cardio. Adding a little extra effort during this time of year will save you a few months of struggling to get back to the pre-stuffed you.
A little goes a long way.
Your pre-holiday self will thank you. So will the mirror.
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