The holiday season is nearly here and that means one thing: lots of food, lots of eating and — for some people — lots of added pounds! In fact, some individuals gain five, ten pounds or more during the holidays. This weight gain is typically attributed to overeating, combined with less frequent visits to the gym as the result of a busy schedule.
Overeating is often viewed as a necessary evil associated with the holidays, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way! You can stay fit and healthy through Thanksgiving, Christmas and into the New Year and that’s precisely what we’ll discuss in today’s tips from the team at Crossfit Impact!
Tip 1: Don’t Forget Breakfast
Your mom probably told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and guess what? She
was right! Your body needs nutrition to get through the day. Skipping breakfast leaves you feeling weak and it leaves you more prone to overeating throughout the day!
Breakfast also helps you maintain a speedy metabolism. Routinely skipping meals sends your body into starvation mode, which causes your body to conserve calories and fat!
Tip 2: Drink Plenty of Water
It’s common for people to seek out food when their body really needs water! Downing a couple glasses of water prior to eating a meal will make you feel fuller sooner, making you less apt to overeat. Drinking lots of water also promotes all around wellness!
Tip 3: Sit Down for Meals
Snacking throughout a holiday gathering often results in eating more food compared to sitting down for a formal meal. So if you’re hosting the family at your home this holiday season, hold a sit-down meal. Or simply go it alone!
Tip 4: Don’t Rush Through the Meal!
Take your time and really enjoy your meal! Eating shouldn’t be a race, nor should it be a mindless task designed to take in nutrition. Eating should be an enjoyable experience. Savor your meal! Eating slowly tends to prevent overeating, as it gives your mind a chance to ‘register’ the fact that you’re full.
Also, remember that your eyes are often larger than your stomach, especially when you’re hungry. So
don’t eat until your plate is clean. Eating until you’re full is the way to go, regardless of how much food is left over!
Tip 5: Indulge (Within Reason!)
There’s nothing wrong with a delicious dessert or another indulgence if you’ve eaten a meal with balanced nutrition. Just keep it reasonable. One slice of pie is just fine. Three slices? Not so much.
Tip 6: Exercise in the Morning
Start your day with a brisk walk, a visit Crossfit Impact or engage in another form of exercise. This will get
your metabolism going and it will make you feel like you’re off to a good start, so you’ll be more apt to make good nutritional decisions throughout the day! In fact, many communities have 5K events on Thanksgiving morning!
Tip 7: Prepare a Healthy Meal
Thanksgiving’s food staples like cranberries, potatoes, green beans and turkey are actually quite healthy when they’re prepared properly. So opt for a healthier variation of your favorite recipe or start a new healthy prep trend by bringing a healthy dish!
With these tips from Crossfit Impact, you’ll maintain your health and fitness throughout the holiday season and beyond!
Workout of the Day
Four sets of:
Hang Snatch + Snatch
Rest 2 minutes
In teams of two, partners alternate rounds to complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
12 Wall Ball Shots (20/12 lbs)