diet tips holidaysThe holiday season is just around the corner. Are you ready? Do you have a plan? If not, statistics show that the weight gained during the holidays usually stays with you for the long haul. This is something you need to avoid. By following these 5 simple diet tips you will beat the holiday bulge.

5. Enjoy It

This might sound like contradictory advice, but enjoy each holiday and eat what you want. If you deprive yourself, you will inevitably over eat anyway. So enjoy the moment, eat what you want, and enjoy the day.

4. Moderation

I didn’t say you can eat as much as you want, I just said you can eat what you want. There is a difference. Moderation is key. Make a bulk of your food consumption high quality foods that you typically would eat as part of a normal meal. Save the desserts and unhealthy options for last. This will ensure that you are eating mostly high quality food items, which is a good thing.

3. Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol clouds judgement, can be high in calories, and isn’t very satiating. In fact, most people who consume alcohol wind up eating extra food. Trust me, after a few drinks that Stromboli never looked so good. Avoiding alcohol will be key to your success.

2. Adjust Your Schedule

There will be one hundred and ten reasons to miss your workout during the holiday season. You need to be flexible and plan ahead. Take into account your obligations for the week and rearrange your workout schedule accordingly. There is no reason to go on a gym hiatus for two months.

1. Keep the Celebration to a Single Day

You can’t get fat eating poorly for 3 days over a span of two months. It scientifically just isn’t possible. The issue with the holiday season is the fact that people take home desserts, attend multiple parties while eating recklessly, and continue to eat like crap all the days in between these events. This is where everyone goes wrong. Enjoy the day, but keep it to one day. Stick to your training schedule, stick to your diet, and you will be successful this holiday season.

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