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How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain!

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The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! I hope you will enjoy the next two months but have a plan to stay fit! You don’t want to waste 10 months of progress with your weight loss and fat loss by eating too much and exercising too little during the next 2 months!

And, if you haven’t done much exercising this year, you don’t have to wait until January to get started! The best time to start exercising is today!

If you don't have a fitness plan for the holidays, start devising one now! Fitness should be a natural part of your life---no matter what time of year it is! There's plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays and still "get in" your exercise. And, you can "reasonably follow" your meal plan (at least 90% of the time) and still eat enough of holiday goodies!

So, here are some tips to help you navigate through the holiday minefield:

1. Take a brisk 20-30 minute walk at some point every day. As a matter of fact, walk as much as you can all the time. It leads to a more active lifestyle.

2. Take advantage of the holiday season and use heart-healthy spices like cinnamon, peppermint and ginger to flavor food (instead of high-calorie, fattening sauces and dips).

3. Keep your regular workout schedule at least 90% of the time during the holidays. If you skip too many workouts, your "downslide" starts to happen fast and the weight can pile on in a hurry! Don't let a good year of workouts "go to pot" during this 2-month holiday stretch! You can easily put on 20-30 pounds if you're not careful.....or, you could maintain the weight loss and fat loss you've worked so hard to attain. Good workouts can cover alot of eating mishaps!

4. Be sure to keep your daily food journal during the holidays---don't let November and December become one long eating binge.

5. Stay in contact with your accountability partner during the holidays.

6. Remember, alcohol has calories too---7 calories per gram to be exact. Don't tank it too much!

7. Drink lots of water and drinks like unsweetened tea. Limit sugary drinks! And, sample desserts instead of eating first and second helpings.

8. Go easy on the food condiments and other sauces.

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