Just in time for Christmas I want to discuss a pet-peeve of mine: Unhealthy eating and those who brag about it. I offer nutritional guidelines to all of my San Diego personal training clients and individualized nutrition plans to those who need the extra support. Unfortunately, sometimes the need for help is beyond my realm of expertise.
I look at eating as the classic angel on one shoulder, devil on the other scenario. Before every meal, you have the opportunity to make a wise, healthful decision or a disastrous life-shortening one. Put simply in writing it is obvious which choice you would make, but come meal time impulse can override any good intentions.
The best advice that I can give is to stay true to your beliefs. If you’ve recently embarked upon a new health and wellness routine you know that it’s never going to be easy, but if you keep giving in to unhealthy temptations you will never win the weight loss battle. If you allow yourself to change, it can be as easy as flipping a switch if you choose to eliminate unhealthy foods and patterns from your life. Make a choice and stick with it.
Food is not an emotional healer. Food can however act as a destructive enabler.
Committed to Your Health,
The Holiday season is quickly approaching along with excuses for overindulgence. Holiday parties, visits with family, and vacations can really throw your fitness routine off schedule. What can you do to ensure that you don’t lose everything that you have worked for over the Holidays?
Here are the 5 most common weight loss sins committed during the holidays;
Sin #1 Alcohol- During the holiday months, it’s everywhere. What can you do to prevent added pounds from calorie filled alcoholic beverages? Stay away from sugary beverages, mixed drinks, and beer. Your belly will thank you for it come January.
Sin #2 Lack of Exercise- Around the holidays, it may feel necessary to cancel appointments with your trainer. Afterall, you burn calories shopping, right? While walking around the mall may burn a few calories, nothing replaces your intense 30 minute workout with your trainer. You don’t want to feel like you’re starting over in January.
Sin #3 Too much food- Now is not the time to eat an extra serving of mashed potatoes. Avoid Thanksgiving dinner carbohydrates like the swine flu. Instead make sure you are eating a balanced meal. Turkey is a great source of protein, but steer clear of the gravy boat.
Sin #4 Giving in to the Weather- My clients here in San Diego don’t get the cold weather blues, but to my loyal followers all over the country, the weather can affect your will to exercise. Do yourself a favor and remove yourself from the warm, cozy house and hit the gym!
Sin #5 Staying up Late- You are entitled to a few late nights, but don’t turn into a party animal all of a sudden over the holidays. Your body needs its rest to properly recover from the workouts you are doing in the gym or with your trainer. Try to get your eight hours of sleep every night!
Steer clear of these 5 holiday weight loss sins and you will beat the holiday bulge! With a good Personal Trainer like myself, you can stay motivated to keep on track. Don’t get me wrong, celebrate by all means, but don’t overindulge or you will pay come January!
Committed to Your Health,