Avoid Holiday Weight Gain By Doing These 2 Things

It’s that time of year: the season of gaining weight. And thanks to the stress eating caused by the covid pandemic, the probability of gaining weight increases even more.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are two simple things you can do to decrease your risk of gaining weight:

  1. Eat 2 meals per day, with no snacking between meals;
  2. Go outside and walk (or other forms of exercise) for 15 minutes each day.

Just 15 minutes per day can help a person stay on track.

The rationale here is simple: by eating less frequently, your body will turn to stored fat for energy. In addition, not snacking means less calories consumed. At the end of the day, a person will have taken in less calories because you can only eat so much in one sitting.

One of the best options is to simply skip breakfast and eat a healthy lunch. The time spent sleeping counts as hours where you’re not eating. In addition, eat your favorite dessert or sweets after you eat your main meal.

Another benefit of not eating breakfast is when you attend the holiday parties or want to indulge in your favorite foods, you can do so without worrying about eating too much because you simply haven’t eaten yet.

By eating less meals per day, you will invariably end up consuming less calories, which could also help decrease the risk of weight gain.

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Resist the urge to snack.

It’s also important to drink water throughout the day. Drinking plenty water is key. Staying hydrated can also keep hunger at bay. In addition to water, coffee and tea are great to drink in between meals. Many artificially flavored drinks are high in sugars and calories. They should only be consumed when eating meals (if at all).

By intermittent fasting and not eating snacks, we can help decrease the risk of gaining weight, and if we add 15-20 minutes of exercise daily, we may even lose a few pounds as well!

Here’s another important point: When eating in this manner, you don’t have to count calories. Just eat normally, and eat until full. When I eat this way, I eat later in the day, and I NEVER go to bed hungry. this is NOT a starvation diet; you’re simply not eating as often.

Another way to maintain your weight is to simply take a walk outside for 15-20 minutes. This will get the blood flowing and burn a few calories as well. This simple tip could be the difference between gaining weight during the holidays or simply maintaining your weight.

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If it’s too cold to exercise outdoors, the following exercises can be done from the comforts of your own home:

  • Pushups
  • Jumping jacks
  • Burpees
  • Skipping rope
  • Jump squats
  • Walking lunges
  • Mountain climbers
  • Wall sits

Note: Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and veggies daily. These are key to maintaining good health.

Having a plan of action is key during both the pandemic and holiday season. Get more tips in my books and online courses:

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