Stay FIT during the holidays Stay FIT during the holidays

Holiday Health Tip

The holidays are synonymous with food. But that doesn’t mean you have to gain weight! 5 tips to keep you FIT during the holidays.

Whether it is a holiday party or the constant flow of chocolate at the office, the holidays are synonymous with food.

Here are 5 tips to keep you fit during the holidays.

  1. Don’t throw in the towel. Just because you ate dessert or drank too much eggnog
    does not mean you should skip the work out too. Often when one behavior falls to the wayside all our good habits follow. Don’ let it.
  2. Swap a meal with a high quality protein shake. Anticipating a big meal? Balance it out by making a protein shake for breakfast. But watch the add ins..at the end of the day too many calories are just too much.
  3. Stay accountable by tracking. Track your food/calorie intake with an app (we love fittnote – free at iTunes and google play). Food tracking has independently been associated with weight loss. Also commit to regular weigh-ins. Ignoring the scale does not mean it’s not happening and staying accountable will help keep weight gain in check.
  4. Stay active. Starting your day with a healthy dose of physical activity will set the tone for the day. In doing so you are less likely to get off track and more likely to make up for it if you do. Consider a 30 minute walk/jog or video (we love bea hbody especially the insanity videos).
  5. Don’t skimp on sleep! It is well known that sleep deprivation is linked to weight gain. Limiting sleep will increase hunger hormones throughout the day making you not only more likely to eat but to eat the
    wrong foods when you do. Try to get at least 7 hours per night.

Above all remember the essence of the holidays. Relax, enjoy and recharge and if you add on a few pounds in the process, it is fixable.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holidays!

Dr. Adrienne Youdim MD FACP

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