Holidays means weight gain as there is lots of traveling and parties lined up. The parties and traveling include a lot of food and drinks, where the diet and exercise are hard to follow this cause gaining extra pounds which are hard to shred in regular life. The holiday is usually designed around family dinners, parties with friends and eating lots of food.
Even on holidays your mind never stops thinking about healthier options and therefore feels guilty for excessive eating and cheating meals. There are some tips which can help you keep a healthy eating and lifestyle while you are on your holidays.
Tips to keep healthy and improve fitness during holidays:
There can be multiple things which can be followed to achieve the fitness goals but for that little changes must be done in your lifestyle so that during the holidays you can keep you can keep your health and fitness plan on track.
- Always have your breakfast:
Breakfast is an essential part of the meal in a day and when you skip it, it will automatically trigger a chain reaction. Skipping a breakfast means lower metabolism, the body starts to store fat for energy and lowering of blood sugar as well.
Never skip breakfast even if you are in a hurry, grab a juice or sandwich but try to eat in the morning. Try to take a complete meal in breakfast which consists of fiber, carbs, protein, vitamin, minerals, and calcium etc. this will help you fuel energy for rest of the day, improves mood and metabolism and you will crave less for food as well.
- Think and eat healthier food substitutes:
Cooking or ordering while on holidays can lead you to consume extra calories when you stop thinking about the healthier substitute. Choose wisely from the menu or ingredients to cook with. Always choose fresh vegetables, sea foods, whole grain and soups to fill your appetite other than jumping to the fast food.
You can also replace following healthier option from the unhealthy ones:
- Use fresh juices and ingredients than the canned and processed food.
- Replace the refined ingredients to the whole grained or unrefined ones.
- Replace cream with Greek yogurt as it has fewer calories.
- Use extra virgin olive oil to cook.
- Eat lean meat.
- Use fish or tofu instead of fatty meats.
- Alternate 2 egg white with one whole egg.
- Add salads and soups to full your stomach.
- Follow your workout schedule:
Following your workout schedule is difficult but one can achieve it during the holidays. Try to hit the gym regularly to burn the extra fats instantly. If not try to work out and exercise in the room to keeps your calorie burning. Try to run or take a walk with your dog outside if none of this is possible. There are few tips which can help you out:
- Train your mind to follow the workout rules to fit in the clothes, look good in parties and pictures etc.
- Try to convince yourself to live a happier life in coming year or days.
- Try to boost your immunity by a healthy lifestyle.
- Try to follow a healthy diet and eating habits for the long term in your lifestyle.
- Try to do HIIT when you are short on time.
- Use stairs instead of elevators.
- Sleep well and get enough sleep:
The sleep is one of the things which get really affected by the holidays, try to get as much sleeps as your body and mind required. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep during the night and make your plans accordingly. A good amount of sleep will help in better metabolism, mode and sharpen the memory as well. A good night sleep is responsible for achieving a balance weight and irregular sleep can cause weight gain and weight loss.
- Keep drinking water:
As soon as you start drinking a good amount of water each day it will help you boost up your metabolism and keeps you hydrated all day. Drinking lots of water is good for your skin, hair, body and brain; it is also very beneficial for your digestion and helps you flush out all the toxins from your body. When traveling, keep a water bottle with you to keep yourself hydrated and prefer water over other liquid.
Try to start your day with yoga, it can be followed anywhere any day and do not needs any equipment’s to follow. Yoga helps you achieve your health goals and very good for your immunity and metabolism. When the day is started with yoga it will train your brain to follow the fitness program all day. The yoga not only takes less time but keeps your brain and body on track.
- Don’t eat everything available:
Holidays are full of food and dishes which can make your mouth water, but it is not necessary to eat everything which is on your face. Try to avoid overeating and eating everything which is offered. Try to take fewer portions and stick to follow the plan of avoiding unwanted calories. This will help you follow your healthy eating plan and extra weight can be limited at the first place.
- Eat smaller meals in short interval of time:
Holidays means big meals but it is not necessary that you should starve all day and eat everything on a family dinner. Keep eating small meals from the interval of 4 to 5 hours depending on your appetite. Eat less and health food each time and doesn’t eat bigger meals only two times a day. The studies show people who eat small meals in short intervals tend to lose more weight than those who don’t. There must be healthier options to follow in all your meal rather than switching to the processed or fast food. Eat apples and pears and fresh vegetables as they help in weight loss and keep your stomach fuller as well keeping you away from extra cravings and eating disorder.
Author: Aditya Singh, a blogger with more than 2 years of experience. He mostly consider health blogs as he loves to blog about them and keep you all healthy and fit. He also loves to travel different parts of world in mean time.