*This is a sponsored post through UnitedHealthcare, but all opinion expressed in the post are completely my own.
5 Tips to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain:
1. Drink More Water –
By drinking water throughout the day you are ensuring that your body stays hydrated. Not only is this fabulous for you body on many levels, it helps to keep you feeling full so you don’t reach for all those extra holiday treats.
2. Pack Healthy Snacks –
The holiday season can be quite hectic and often we find ourselves running around trying to get all our errands done. Don’t get caught hungry when you are out and about or you might be tempted to reach for all that delicious candy they put right next to the checkout line. Instead, toss a healthy bar in your purse. They taste great, are easy to transport, and will tide you over until it is time for you next meal.
3. Plan Meals in Advance –
Sit down before you go grocery shopping and think about what you want to have for each meal the next week. Then plan out exactly what you need to buy to prepare those meals along with what healthy snacks you will keep in the house. Preparing in advance helps make it easier for you to make healthier decisions about what to have for dinner.
4. Move More –
Kick your exercise program up a notch. By working out a bit more you can enjoy some holiday treats, in moderation, without feeling guilty and worrying about weight gain. It could be something as simple as 5 extra minutes at the gym each visit or running a half a mile further each time.
If you don’t currently workout much now is the perfect time to start.
Check out this video from UnitedHealthcare on starting a Weight Loss Walking Plan.
It gives great tips on how to get started and how to build up your activity over 8 weeks.
Plus, by watching this video, that is only a little over a minute long, you are instantly entered to win!
Be sure to check out the UnitedHealthcare Watch and Win video on starting a Weight Loss Walking Plan. Maybe you’ll win some holiday shopping cash to go along with these 5 Tips to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain.
5. Switch Up Your Holiday Activities –
Many of our holiday activities are food based. I will admit that decorating gingerbread houses and baking cookies are perhaps two of my favorites. I am not saying give up on these activities, but just find ways that you can do them without setting yourself up for weight gain. For example: if you love baking cookies, like I do, only keep a few at home and take all the rest to work, friends, or family members right away. don’t leave all the cookies around the house to tempt you and your family. Also, think of healthier holiday activities you can do like going on a walk to see all the lights. It is a ton of fun, doesn’t involve any food, and helps you to get in more exercise for the day.
What tips do you use to avoid holiday weight gain?
What would you buy if you won the $500 grand prize Visa gift card?
I’d buy a new TV for upstairs.
Mine is so small I can’t tell which team is which when I watch Monday Night Football in bed.