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“Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can combat the potential holiday weight gain while also still enjoying yourself!”
  • Linda Cunnigham

Fall Below Average! 

Let’s face it, the holidays can be stressful. And the average person will put on weight from October 31st through January 1st. Let’s all strive for mediocrity and, in this case, fall below average!   

The problem with holiday weight gain gradually becomes serious when we never lose it. It’ll compound year after year, holiday after holiday, and if no action is taken, it will build to unhealthy levels. 

Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can combat the potential holiday weight gain while also still enjoying yourself!

  1. Keep your daily routine during the holidays, including exercising, eating, and sleeping at your usual times. Don’t let the holiday pressure disrupt your norm. This will only stress you out more and set you up for poor decision-making. 
  2. Don’t show up hungry to any event or gathering. Starving yourself ahead of time is a surefire way to ensure you overeat. While you’ll no doubt want to enjoy all of the wonderful dishes during the holidays, enjoy them in moderation. That morning, have a lighter breakfast or lunch with fewer carbs than usual. That can help keep your total calorie count down while still being able to enjoy the holiday food. 
  3. Skip the second helping and avoid over-snacking. A great way to help with this is to drink a lot of water before, during, and after your meal. It’ll help you to feel full and curb the desire to reach for more.  
  4. Get up from the table and walk away from the food. Perhaps enjoy a short walk with a family member, or as I like to suggest, hold a plank challenge!

And most importantly, don’t stress about it; enjoy yourself!

Remember that at the end of the day, the holidays are meant to be enjoyed. Weight management isn’t accomplished just a few days a year; what works for one person won’t necessarily work for the next. And I’m here to help you in any way you’d like. 

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About the Author


Linda Cunnigham

Linda Cunningham is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Instructor, AAAI/ISMA Pilates Instructor, AAAI/ISMA Kids Fitness Instructor, and also certified in Zumba.

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