We’ve all been there. Every year is the same old thing where December rolls around and we go into hibernation mode. Less activity, more comfort food, and the pounds are packed on. Then all of a sudden, January is here with motivation in tow. “This is the year! This is the year I get fit and stay fit!”
I said those words every year from 2008 until 2014 and every year I started with a heavier starting weight than the year before. Well, that’s a bit of a lie. In 2013, I started the Biggest Loser at University of Detroit Mercy. I started the year at 230 pounds, dropped to 185 throughout the year and went back to 205 by January 1st 2014. So that was the ONE time I was lighter, but it was the last time I said “This is the year!”
So here are my tips to avoid big time holiday weight gain.
1) Stay active! Amazon.com has taken away the need to battle crowds, so you have to find something else to do. A workout will be posted below…
2) Careful intake. Cookies are delicious, chips and dips at parties with friends are great, and alcohol is generally involved over the holidays. All of these things are fine in moderation. MODERATION as in not everyday.
3) Macros. Beside the turkey or ham or whathaveyou for Christmas dinner, you’re probably not getting tons of protein between the snacks and booze. Quick Info Session: Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram (and no other nutritional value. Literally empty calories), carbs have 4 calories per gram, fat has 9 calories per gram, and protein has 4 calories per gram. Try to get your calorie intake around 50% from carbs, 30% from fats, and 20% from protein.
4) Plan your January accordingly. However your December goes, you’ll probably resolve to hit the gym in January. Whether it’s getting a personal trainer, taking fitness classes, or just hitting the free weights, get an idea of what you’re going to do. Lots of people will be wandering aimlessly in the gym, so you’ll need to have a set plan.
Holiday Workout (No Weights Needed)
2 to 5 rounds
-Push-Ups (15-30 reps)
-Squat (10-15 reps)
-Calf Raises (15-20 reps)
-Walking Lunges (20 reps)
-Mountain Climbers (30 seconds)
-Jumping Jacks (30 seconds)
-Leg Lifts (10 reps)
Fight the battle of the bulge and come out the other side unscathed. Merry Christmas!