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How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

December 28th, 2014 No comments

It’s that time of the year again – time to be jolly, spend some quality time with your family, friends and loved ones, perhaps travel somewhere nice and indulge yourself with various treats for all the senses. Still, Christmastime is also a season infamous for unwarranted weight gain: with the winter chill and the elements raging outside, holiday feasts rich in heavy foods and the overall tendency to be lazier, sleepier and less mobile than usual, your waistline and figure at the end of Christmas break may end up slightly more on the generous side than you originally expected. Don’t worry, there are some simple ways to avoid weight gain during winter holidays, and if you stick to these straightforward recommendations, your body will keep its slender form all through to spring and summer.

Stay hydrated: Lots of H2O is a must in winter, too

Drinking enough water is important, and we all know that well. Still, our thirst doesn’t appear to be as pressing in the wintertime as it does in the summer season, but that’s no excuse to cut down on your gulps over the Christmas holidays. If you manage to get down at least 8-10 glasses of water or mild tea, you will get all the liquid your body needs to keep functioning seamlessly; your metabolism will remain as active as usual despite the consumption of somewhat heavier foods. Sufficient H2O intake will keep the exchange of matter in your cells from slowing down and it will also reduce your sense of hunger (which tends to get misleading in wintertime with all that starchy food lying around), thus preventing unwanted weight gain and deterring a range of other negative effects on your skin, nails, hair and internal organs.

christmas-fitnessGet a move on: Don’t let the cold stop you

Though couch-potatoing all through the winter holidays may sound appealing to overworked folks, it is definitely not recommended if you want to keep fit and slim, come early spring. The fact that it’s bitter cold outside isn’t a good enough excuse to laze and mope around for days on end: the genuine definition of decent holiday rest also involves moderate recreation and movement. There are various indoor sports you can engage in over winter to keep your body active and agile even if you’re not a fan of snow sports. Sign up for the gym, go bowling, organize a basketball or football match in the local high school gymnasium or take some yoga and Pilates classes – there’re lots of options for indoor fun and games, so don’t even think about offering questionable excuses to justify your holiday fat.

A bit of apothecary magic: Weight regulating supplements

Even with proper care and sufficient activity, you may gain a bit of weight around the figure’s edges due to overly starchy diet during winter holidays. Still, there’s a safe and easy way to remedy slight-to-moderate weight gain: with some tried and tested protein powders, your body will be able to use up all the nutrients optimally and turn extra nourishment into muscles instead of that mean fat and beastly cellulite. Even if you’re not an avid athlete, protein shakes and smoothies are good for the body if used in moderation, so perhaps it’s the right time to whip out some powders to combat all that starch, carbs and fat laying around the Christmas table.

Enjoy your holiday and treat yourself to some soulful delight this winter, but don’t give in to the line of least resistance: spring and summer will be here before you know it, and shredding that Christmas fat before the beachside season will be a much more difficult task than preventing it now. Drink lots of water, stay active, try some weight regulating supplements and be moderate with your diet – that’s pretty much all it takes to avoid turning into a slab of fat in just two or three weeks (needless to say, your body will be eternally grateful to you for it).