Weight gain doesn’t need to be a holiday tradition. In fact, you can continue to lose during the season without sacrificing fun. Just follow this advice from the four women of the Live Longer & Stronger Challenge. These tips have helped them lose a combined 122 pounds while also decreasing their risk of heart disease, and they can put you on the path to ringing in the New Year in a smaller dress size, too.
1. Don’t jump on slimdown trends. The truth is many of them dont work. Kim found that out when she tried juicing, hoping it would help her lose extra weight. Instead, her weight loss plateaued. This year, skip the diet trends and stick to what works: Eating healthy foods like veggies, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains, and watching your portion sizes.
2. Wear something form-fitting to the table. The Live Longer & Stronger women plan to sport figure-hugging outfits to their holiday dinners. Try it yourself; a body-skimming dress will make you more conscious of what youre eating so that you think twice before getting a second helping of dessert.
3. Try the one-dish rule. Theres no reason you cant enjoy your favorite food at the holiday, but use Shannas trick: Before the meal, she picks the one food thats being served she just cant live without. Then, she helps herself to that dish and some healthy veggies, and skips the rest of the offerings. Youll leave the table satisfied, but not stuffed.
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4. Chew gum while cleaning up. Sneaking an extra spoonful of pie while cleaning up the kitchen after dinner can quickly snowball into a few extra scoops, and before you know it, youve scarfed down an entire slice. To avoid picking at leftovers while you clean, pop a stick of gum in your mouth.
5. Get rid of temptations. After a holiday cookie decorating party, Lindsay made sure to give out any remaining sweets to neighbors and friends. Send your guests home with leftovers too, so you arent tempted to pick. Stock up on reusable Tupperware containers so you can pack up remaining pie slices or gingerbread men once your party wraps.
6. Dont arrive empty-handed. One of Olgas secrets to staying on track at family events is to bring her own healthy salad or other side. If youre a guest this Christmas, do the same and prepare a wholesome dish that youll be able to enjoy guilt-free.
7. Get moving with your friends and family. The holiday season especially can be packed with food-oriented events, so break them up by inviting your loved ones to take a walk or cardio class with you. The workout will fly by when you have company.
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8. Drink water before every meal. Kim made a commitment to drink water throughout the day and also gulps down 8 oz. of H20 before each meal, which helps fill her up so she eats less. Keep a water bottle with you at all times for frequent sipping too.
9. Spread the word. Broadcast your get-healthy goal on social media, whether its taking a daily walk during the holiday season or swearing off second servings of dessert. Not only will friends cheer you on, but youll also be more inclined to stick with it if you know people are keeping tabs on you.
10. Dont stress over the scale. Even if your weight isnt budging, remember that the healthy choices youre makingwhether to exercise more or eat less sugarare having a big impact on your wellbeing. Keep up the good work, and you will see the pounds start to fall off soon enough!
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