What To Do When You Don’t Want To Gain Holiday Weight

It’s really easy to overdo it on the holidays, especially with the extravagant food, movie marathons, and easy excuses to let loose with family and friends. Here are some myths I busted so you can keep your mindset on track to feeling and looking your best when surrounded by temptation and all kinds of bad influences.

Just remember: it’s totally okay to eat whatever you want whenever you want as long as it’s in moderation! Don’t deprive yourself or go through extremes. It just makes the holiday season difficult to enjoy.

Myth: You’re too busy to work out.

This is so untrue haha. People have time to watch Netflix, 12 episodes in a row, and say, “One more episode.” I think our priorities skew our perspective to make certain ideas seem out of reach.

You don’t have to do a full one hour of straight running or 100 reps of weight training in one sitting. It makes life easier to break it up, take breaks, and make it a game. You can stay on your feet, help clean, and organize the home while putting dishes away, cleaning up after gift opening, and getting up to ask any guests if they need anything.

You can get creative with burning calories simply by asking for everyone to go on a walk, help push the sled of loved ones down a hill, and do things you normally wouldn’t do. Not being lazy helps step up productivity in so many other ways.

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Myth: If you’re already fit, you’re less likely to gain unwanted weight.

There are so many factors that go into this. First off, this works if you eat clean. Yet the notion starts to wear off after 3 days. 2 days, you can feel the undoing of the workout. 3 days makes you feel like you took a couple steps back if you really listen to your body.

Next, it’s a matter of maintenance. You know how people who are 300 pounds don’t really have a lot of options when it comes to shopping for workout clothes? They are a great market to tap into when it comes to selling athletic gear. However, they are also the least likely to shop for it.

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When you walk into a store – or shop online – you will see a lot of exercise equipment is meant for regular sized people, because they are the ones bothering to maintain their health.

It’s a lot of work looking and feeling good, but it’s one step at a time, day by day. Think of it like this: each day you don’t work out, you undo one day of working out. It’s counterproductive!

Myth: Whatever weight you gain you’ll lose in the New Year.

It’s good to have resolutions, but it’s even better to act on them. They say 90% of what people say they don’t do. To stick to a goal, you have to really practice the small habits it comes with everyday and change your whole way of thinking around it.

In order to reach a goal, you simply have to start. Start somewhere, start small, and start now. Putting things off is too easy and actually beginning your journey to your dream body will leave you with no regret. Or you can see it this way – it leads you to your goal faster if you start now!

The best time to plant a tree is five years ago. The second best time is now.

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A Little Trick I Use

When I’m really hungry, I eat the food that has the most nutrients first. This means any type of whole, unpackaged food with useful calories that support my health. Eating what my body needs first thing makes me feel better, my body looks leaner when I do so, and I crave less junk and empty calories later.

When your body has what it actually needs, you won’t feel like a black hole, missing foods you don’t need to ingest. And then feel bad about yourself later.

I also noticed the opposite when I eat food with empty calories when I’m hungry instead, I still feel hungry, body looks more dough-y, and I get headaches from not getting the right nutrients.

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Gia G. Dixon
Gia G. Dixon

I’m Gia G. Dixon, an etiquette consultant certified under Royal Charter of King Charles III. Here is my guide to elegant style, high quality living, and little things that make your daily life glamorous.

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