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Don’t let the holiday season sabotage your weight loss goals

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During the holidays keeping a positive attitude about weight loss can be difficult. The holidays can offer many temptations, but with the right attitude you can stay on track with your weight loss goals. There are a few ways that you can maintain your weight loss during the holidays and here are a few that have worked for me.

Here are the five easy ways to do it:

1. Less Holiday Stress: Stress can cause hormones in your body, such as cortisol to be released. When your cortisol levels remain elevated, it can cause your appetite to increase which will drive you to eat more.

Try this: Ease up on yourself. Don’t try to do too much. Set priorities. Delegate. Learn how to say NO. Take time for yourself. Goinf for a brisk walk to clear your mind, meditate or do a favorite hobby or activity.

2. The right surroundings: The holidays are not the easiest time for people trying to maintain weight loss. You can increase your chances of staying on track with your weight loss by surrounding yourself with people who are committed to a healthy lifestyle.

Try this: Find other people who have the same goals as you in local fitness classes and programs. Doing this will help you get through the holidays and keep you on track into the new year.

3. Remember to eat: There are so many things to do during the holidays that sometimes we lose track of time. If you’re hungry you will be less focused on your weight loss goals.

Try this: Remember to start your day with an energy packed breakfast. Remember to pack a healthy snack for yourself or plan where you will eating your meals while your out. This will help keep you full until you can eat a healthy meal.

4. Remember to keep it movin’: To maintain your weight loss through the holidays you need to exercise.

Try this: When time is limited do quick exercises that only take a few minutes. Planning these times into your day is what will make this work. Make exercising a priority for you and if possible recruit a friend to join you.

5. Give yourself a treat: If you have a holiday favorite, don’t try to avoid it. The secret is to plan for these treats and eat them in moderation.

Try this: Take a smaller portion than you normally would and enjoy it without worry or guilt.