6 ways to keep the weight off during the holidays

Don’t forget strength training.
Maintain your muscle mass by paring down your routine to the basics. Choose compound, multi-joint movements to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time. And, don’t worry, you don’t need any equipment to get a great workout. Try one of our workout Circuit Classes.

Control Your Eating

Eating yourself into a coma seems inevitable during the holidays, what with all the yummy delights available. Treating every party as if it’s an invitation to indulge, however, is a sure way to add pounds. Below are a few reminders for keeping the calories in check:

Eat Before You Go
. Rules to live by: never go grocery shopping while hungry, and similarly, never hit a holiday party on an empty stomach. You’ll be less tempted to overindulge if your belly’s full of something healthy.

Choose One Treat.
Once at the party, choose one thing to indulge in and make it good. No chips — you can have those any old time. Pick something you only get during the holidays.

Control Your Drinking.
Alcohol is an easy way to consume more calories than you need, so avoid mixed or fruity drinks, and have a glass of water for every drink you consume. Also, definitely avoid the egg nog; it has up to 350 calories a cup.

Don’t Skip Meals.
It’s tempting to skip meals to make up for whatever nightmare food you’ll eat later, but just like the empty-stomach rule, if you’re starving, your rational mind will be unavailable for healthy food choices. Eat small meals all day to avoid going nuts at the buffet table.

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