How to avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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Oh it's that time of the year and we are all thinking about food, that wonderful once a year experience. Thanksgiving is by far my very favorite celebration, it's all about being thankful, getting together with the people we love, and the food... The food!

BUT there is some truth about the stuffed feeling afterwards, the left-over over-eating, and the stress following this day to get everything ready for Christmas and New Year's Eve. Yep, lots of opportunities for that thing called stressful eating disorder.

You can call it anyway you want, but the great majority of the population tends to eat more, gain weight, and feel guilty between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So, that's the problem... Now let's talk about a solution.

I am a person of simplicity and because of that I put the best 6 tips to avoid weight gain between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve:

1. Sing up for a fitness class. Yes, you heard me right, even if you think you will be overwhelmed and you know time is going to be tight, you need to consider your priorities. If you are not taking care of yourself, then who is going to take care of your loved ones? Signing up for a class, training sessions, or even online workouts, will make you accountable for your fitness. Find something that you know you can do, you got 25 mins/day? That's all you need! But write it down in your calendar and make it as important as a Dr. Appointment, if you think about it, this simple action may prevent you from seeing your Dr in the long run!

2. Have a meal plan. Do you have one? Chances are that if you don't have a weekly meal plan, you won't have meal ingredients in your house, when you have to go to the store every single day, you're tired, running out of time, then is very possible that you will choose the easy/fast fix which is usually the least healthy option.

On the other hand, if you have a healthy, easy to make meal plan for the week, you will only have to go to the store once, you got everything you need at home, meals are easy and healthy, so you won't fail and you'll feel great.

Having a meal plan is the single thing I recommend my clients when they struggle with their weight, some people have lost 6 Lbs in one week just doing this little change in their lifestyle!

3. Have a social event? Eat before you leave your house. That may sound rude, but it really isn't, there is nothing worst than getting to a party when your stomach is rumbling. Think about this for a second, if you go to an event hungry you will start eating all those snacks which I'm sure most are not quite healthy.

You can still eat some food at the party, but without hunger, you will probably choose the healthiest option available and your portions will be completely safe. It has been scientifically proven that the sugar drop our bodies experience when we are hungry makes our brain fall for the most unhealthy options. On this case is not about cuantity, is all about quality.

4. Be humble. Talk to your family and peers about your goal to avoid weight gain during the holidays, ask for their help and let them know how much you need their support. Our egos can be so high that we are afraid to ask for help, we really think we can do it on our own and we really can't (I'm talking in general of course).

You may find out that your friends and family might want to join you on your goal and the support you will get is priceless, nothing more powerful than the support from the people you love.

5. Relax. I know it's easier to say, but you really need to find your space. Research has shown that when we are stressed we eat more and we eat bad. I can talk about this for hours, the chemicals released when we are stressed, the hormones that crave for a feel good sugary food, etc. But to simplify all of this, just trust me on this one, you really need to step away, close the door, take some good breaths and meditate for at least 10 minutes every day. If you don't know how to meditate, try praying, same effect.

6. 3 days to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Once Thanksgiving dinner is served, you should let yourself indulge in this once a year culinary experience, enjoy each bite, enjoy the moment, and be thankful for the things you have, and the people around you. Let your self forget about the goals, the past, or the future, live the moment because Thanksgiving 2013 will only happen once, and you better live it to the fullest.

The same for Christmas and New Year's Eve, you can be super healthy, do your best and have a super plan for the season, but on those 3 days only, you can and you should, just let go the plan and b-i-n-g-e, that's right! If there are 3 days you can binge, let that be when it is 100orth it.

Understand that this is good for you and your health, no one will take care of you the way you can take care of yourself. Ask for help if you need and know that you can always come to me if you need advice, motivation, or a plan of action. I love connecting with people via Facebook and I know I can help anyone figure out a plan that will help them reach their goals.

Wishing you a healthy holiday season,

Carla Baccio/San Pedro Fit

PS. Check out some options that are sure to help you thrive this Holiday season:

-25 minute workout & meal plan on my 21-day ONLINE challenge. Do everything from home and avoid wasting itme in traffic. To join, just send me a message to carla@sanpedrofit.com, call or text me at 310-561-3474.





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