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Tips for a healthy holiday season

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The holiday season is usually fun, but it can also be a stressful time for many as delicious feasts and foods can lead to weight gain. Fitness professionals at Best Fitness encourage people to be mindful about their nutrition and they hope that everyone keeps moving through exercises they enjoy. Best Fitness professionals provide their ideas (see below) on how to keep things in check this season and forgo the average of 4,500 in calories consumed on holidays.

According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, Americans only gain approximately a pound or two during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Even though this doesn’t sound like a lot, the study also found that the subjects did not lose that extra weight. Over the years those extra pounds continued to add up. This is why fitness professionals believe it’s important to try to stay on top of your health all year round.

To help us through the holiday season, Craig Boyarsky, Fitness Director at Best Fitness joined CBS 6 Saturday morning to talk about staying healthy through the holiday season.

Best Fitness Tips For Staying Healthy Through the Holidays:

1. Get active! Nothing helps wipe away the guilt of a big meal than a great workout! There are loads of turkey trots and jingle bell 5k’s this time of year. Spend time with friends and family burning some calories before the holiday festivities or make sure to gobble up a spot in your favorite class at the gym that morning.

2. Try not to let the holiday meals last three days! If hosting, buy some plastic to-go containers and make sure everyone leaves with some leftovers so you’re not tempted to eat extra over the few days that follow the holiday. If you’re a guest, bring a healthy veggie option to the party like roasted butternut squash or roasted artichokes. Easy to make and delicious option. When leaving, load up on the protein and vegetable leftovers.

3. If you’re like me you may have a habit of showing up hungry only to overdo it on appetizers. Prepare a good healthy snack and eat 30 minutes to an hour before you leave your home. If you’re already somewhat full you can forgo the extra appetizers and eat a smaller meal.

4. At dinner fill you plate with vegetables first. Fill half your plate with salad and veggies then protein and finally, carbohydrates. This goes for any day, but super helpful when you know you want to save room for holiday desserts!

5. Eat slowly and enjoy the meal. Put your fork down after each bite. Talk with your friends and family and slow the meal down. Eating slower allows the body’s satiety or feeling of fullness to set in. This is a great way to feel too full for a second helping!

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