5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
How To Avoid It, What Causes It, How To Prevent Holiday Weight Gains, How To Lose Weight During The Holidays
The holidays are a great time for family gatherings, parties, and celebrations. But when you’re surrounded by food all day long, it can be easy to pack on pounds. Here are some tips to keep in mind to avoid gaining too much weight during the holidays. You can even lose weight during the holidays with these helpful tips, too.
If you’re trying to lose weight during the holidays, there’s no need to feel guilty. You can still enjoy yourself while eating the good food, enjoying family and friends and staying fit. Just make sure you follow these tips to help you stay on track.
What Are the Root Causes of Holiday Weight Gain?
There are many reasons for us to overeat and gain weight, from physical reasons like hormones and medications, to mental reasons to social reasons and others. In a society where food is abundant and celebrations are linked in our mind and brain with food and eating, weight gain seems unavoidable. Read more about the Surprising Root Causes of Obesity here.
How Can We Avoid Gaining Weight over the Holidays?
The same 4 Pillars that apply to achieving lasting weight loss and avoiding weight regain also apply during the holidays.
Below is a video where I talk about these 4 Pillars of Lasting Weight Loss. You can see them all on my YouTube channel.
Tip #1: Eat Mindfully – Enjoy Food AND Company
When you take your time to chew every bite of the delicious food, you will enjoy it more and keep feeling full longer. When you are also in the company of loving friends and family, your enjoyment will be even greater.
Without really noticing, time will go by and your hunger subsides fast, so you don’t need to eat a big meal.
Tip #2: Eat Smaller Meals – More Frequently
Eating smaller portions will help you avoid overeating at parties and other social events. I developed a special Eating Strategy – Intentional Intuitive Eating – where the food is selected with the intention of nourishing your body, mind and soul, and your intuition is used to help you to stop eating once you are full – or you notice that the food is just not as delicious as you imagined.
If you eat smaller meals more frequently, and also have a small snack before a major feast, you avoid painful hunger pangs that may have led you to overeat otherwise.
Tip #3: Avoid Processed Foods And Sugary Snacks
If you want to keep yourself healthy during holidays, avoid processed foods and sugary snacks. The occasional treat is okay. Try to instead eat more fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, low fat dairy products, and nuts.
If you struggle with craving or overeating during the holidays, and tend to gain weight, consider talking with us to help you overcome these tendencies and lose weight fast – and make weight loss last.
Tip #4: Drink Water Instead Of Alcoholic Drinks.
Drinking water instead of alcoholic drinks will help you lose weight during holidays, since alcohol contains calories without any nutritional value (empty calories).
Other drinks – instead of just water are also okay, like herbal or regular tea, green tea (ideal for the brain of those with ADHD – and really tasty with a bit of lemon juice and stevia), sparkling water or very much thinned down fruit juices. Coffee is okay, if you can handle it. It can increase anxiety for some people or prevent you from being able to sleep.
Avoid regular fruit juices or nectars, since they contain large amounts of sugar and no or little nutrients.
If you choose to drink alcohol, plan ahead and make a conscious effort to enjoy every drop.
Tip #5 Move More – Exercise Regularly
We all know that you should exercise regularly to maintain good health, right? For those that don’t really enjoy exercise or going to the gym yet, I wrote this blog about the Weirdest Way to Train your brain to love exercise – even if you hate it with a passion.
If you like to exercise, think of enjoying both cardio exercises such as running, swimming, cycling, and walking, and strength training exercises such as lifting weights.
But did you know that to lose weight and keep it off exercise is not necessary? (although it can help a lot).
I developed a strategy I call Intentional Intuitive Movement, where I help people to activate and strengthen their muscles, rev up their metabolism and burn more fat while at the same time protecting bones, joints and tendons…
An intriguing and lovely way to lose weight over the holidays is Chakra Yoga for Weight Loss
If you would like to try it, talk with me about possible options
Dr. Christine Sauer MD ND
“Yes, you really can Lose Weight by switching on your gut-brain connection and re-establish mental health…”
About Dr. Christine
Dr. Christine Sauer is a German-trained Medical Doctor and a Naturopath, as well as a Gastrointestinal Disease Specialist and a Certified Brain and Mental Health Coach, helping people across the world re-establish their gut-brain connection and restoring their mental health and brain health while losing weight.
After an episode of severe back pain, followed by depression, she nearly lost her own life and brain power to despair and psychiatric medications.
She dedicated her life and over 40 years of experience to exploring and improving the deep connection between our gut and brain and the root causes for weight loss and mental health issues in 5 dimensions.
She is a #1 bestselling author, radio and podcast host and has appeared as guest speaker on summits, videos and in her own events.
Until now, there has been virtually no useful advice on how to lose weight – and heal your gut, your brain and your mind. Finally, for the first time, you can get real professional advice that actually works – from a trained physician and naturopath – who can see things from a caring, personal perspective.
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