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How to get through the holidays without gaining weight

Holiday healthy eating, holiday survival guide, moderation, balance
Like many of you, I refuse to give up my “holiday cheer” and Thanksgiving dinner. It's all about balance, and I will enjoy a few cheats during my holiday meals. However, I also refuse to have them derail my fitness efforts. It’s taken me too long to achieve my health and fitness goals! I do have a few tools to help combat holiday weight gain. I'd love to know your tips!  Feel free to share them.

  • Doubles. Starting Monday, on Thanksgiving day, and through the weekend, I’m doubling my workouts. This serves two purposes. The first, is to go into the holiday ahead of the game. The second is, when I have recently ramped up my fitness/clean eating efforts it is simply easier to stay on track. You know that whole inertia thing? When you get that fitness momentum going you tend to want to keep it in motion.
  • Shakeology. I make it a point NEVER to skip my Shakeology. It helps keep cravings under control and makes me feel fuller. It’s great to drink right before a party to keep the munchies at bay. 
  • My 21 Day Fix containers. This time of year can be super-busy, so planning my meals and using my containers can be a lifesaver for fighting the temptation to grab a quick (unhealthy) meal. I’ll be running a Turn Resolutions into Results group in early January. Join us!
  • Practice the 3-Bite Rule. I’ll be practicing the 3 bites rule for desserts and treats: The first bite is the best, the last the grand finale, and every bite in between is the same. In three bites, you get the full dessert experience, so really focus on savoring those three and you’re less likely to overindulge.
  • My Fitness Pal. This keeps me honest. On days when I know that I’ll be going overboard, it can be helpful to track calories. That way, I can either burn those extras off in the days to follow or create that much of a calorie deficit.
  • 3-Day Shakeology Cleanse or 3-Day Refresh. Either one is perfect after a long holiday weekend to get me back on track. Many of my challengers lose 3 to 7 pounds in just a three days.
Share your own tips for staying on track in the comments section below.

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