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Avoid Holiday Weight Gain With These 7 Simple Tips

We all want to indulge in the holiday cookies, cakes, and other sweets during the holidays. But, we don’t want to deal with the weight gain that come with over-celebrating with food. You really can avoid holiday weight gain this season. Just follow these simple tips to keep that number on the scale in check.

 7 Simple Tips to Help Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Control sweet cravings

Instead of saying no to everything, try to control your sweet tooth in other ways. One of the best ways I have found to satisfy my cravings is by sucking on a piece of hard candy. You can savor one hard candy for more than the time it takes to eat a piece of cake and save hundreds of calories, and it’s fat free! Candy canes are great for this too. Just don’t go overboard with too much sugar.

Keep hydrated

hunger cravings often hit even when you are just thirsty. Keep up your fluids to help your stomach feel full. If drinking does not give you the same sense of satisfaction as eating, pick foods that are high in water content like fruits and veggies.

Schedule Your Workouts

This is something I have already done for the week. Between now and New Years, identify at least three to four 40-minute time slots and mark them on your calendar. If 40 is too much time, then mark at least five or six 20-minute slots.

The holiday season tends to be the easiest to let exercise slide. If you can, get your exercise in first thing in the morning so that it is done for the day before you get caught up with work, errands, etc.

Get the Most from Each Minute

A great workout can take place in under an hour, when done correctly. The idea is to burn more calories each minute. This is done through short, intense bursts of exercise, ideally using more than one muscle group at a time.

Use the following three tips to bring your routine up to the next level:

Be Unstable

Use your entire body, and target your core, by performing exercises that engage stabilizing muscles. To do this use an exercise ball, a balance board, a balance disk, or simply stand on one leg.

Add Resistance

The more resistance that you incorporate into your routine translates to more calories burned. Some ideas for adding resistance include: using hand weights, resistance bands, or even using your body as weight in exercises like push-ups, squats, etc.

Use Intervals

Interval training is an amazing tool for creating short yet effective workouts. Don’t worry, it’s not complicated. Interval training is simply alternating between different short bursts of activity.

7 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain with BONUS Workout too!

Here’s an example: Let’s say you want to focus on your legs and abs and also get an effective cardio workout. Here is a sample interval routine for these goals:

  1. Lunge while curling dumbbells, 15-20 reps
  2. 60 seconds of cardio: jog in place, jump rope, or jumping jacks
  3. Squat while pressing dumbbells overhead, 15-20 reps
  4. 60 seconds of cardio: jog in place, jump rope, or jumping jacks
  5. Crunches on an exercise ball, 15-20 reps
  6. 60 seconds of cardio: jog in place, jump rope, or jumping jacks
  7. Hold Plank 30-60 seconds

Repeat 2-3 times for a 20-30 minute workout.

Have more tips to share? Leave a comment.

Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!


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  1. In the present world, the Corona virus has locked us. At this point we are very worried about our fitness. But after reading your article, I hope your suggestions are very helpful for me. I always recommend this approach as it is the best way not to skip workouts.

  2. Mahi says:

    Lovely post i am fitness trainer in delhi/ncr, thank you for sharing use full tips.

  3. Great ideas! Your total body/body weight workouts are the only ones I actually pin and then come back and do. Keep it up!!

  4. Thanks for stopping by Alicia. Love the idea for the frozen chocolate pieces. I’ll need to try that one.

  5. alicia says:

    I keep a bag of Dove Dark Chocolate Pieces in my freezer at all times. When I need something sweet, one of these babies is usually enough to satisfy my craving without all the calories.

    I love your “unstable” idea. At first I was thinking, “she wants me to be mentally unstable on the days I need to be the strongest?” But utilizing my body more for every day tasks is a good idea to keep my muscles engaged 🙂

  6. Thanks for the comment. Going to do one of my scheduled workouts now.

  7. These are all great tips. I know I like to schedule my workouts all the time. I always recommend this approach as it is the best way not to skip workouts. By scheduling workouts in advance your mind is in tune and almost forces you to stick with your plan.


  8. You’re so right! For me it’s a matter of scheduling it in – if I leave it until I “feel like it” then it just doesn’t happen. Great tips!!

  9. Anne says:

    Thanks for the reminder!

  10. I love interval training!!! More calorie burn is less time!

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