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Tips to Avoid Weight Gain this Holiday Season

Holiday weight gain is almost inevitable during the cold months of November and December. This is especially typical being that the holidays bring stress and take up so much time that adhering to an exercise regimen and eating balanced meals seems near impossible. There are a few weight loss tips that can help individuals stay on track when this unapologetic time of year arrives.

A starting point is to weigh oneself twice a week. This should be done in the morning, before any food or liquids have been consumed. The strength in this tip is to only do this twice during the week. If one weighs himself too often, they will become overwhelmed and frustrated because they are not allowing enough time to pass between. This can create an adverse effect causing depression.

The next step is to exercise first thing in the morning, again before any type of consumption. By implementing this into a routine, an individual will be more focused, have higher energy levels and confidence. Much research has been done to prove that morning workouts are better than evening workouts because of the increased metabolism working for the remainder of the day.

Moderation is key when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, so it is okay to indulge in a craving every so often. Many people use the 80/20 rule when it comes to allowing a few unhealthy items into their diet. 80 percent of the food they eat is healthy and 20 percent of it isn't. This rule can also be applied to their exercise regime as well. It is an easy format to follow, especially during high stressful times such as the holidays.

The last tip is one of most importance. Individuals should be wary with leftovers from the night before. It is convenient to eat these but they can add even more calories. This is one of the easiest mistakes to make while trying to not gain weight during the holidays.

It seems almost impossible to keep weight loss goals or even just maintain the weight that was already lost, especially during Christmas and Thanksgiving season. This is because the majority of food during these times are sweets and foods full of sugar and carbohydrates. However, if one follows these tips of moderate, healthy eating along with a regular exercise routine, this should help offset any weight gain and keep an individual's healthy lifestyle intact.

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