Thursday, December 20, 2012

Your Holiday Checklist

The holiday time is full of parties and there is always the temptation to fall of the nutrition bandwagon.  Here's a quick checklist to see if you are doing what you should be doing.

Answer Yes or No.  Add up all the "Yes" at the bottom.

If you're looking to shed some weight, you need to hit at least 8 yes answers.
If you're only looking to maintain your weight, try to get to 6 yes answers.

Sound fair?

Here we go!!

1.  Did you say NO at least 80% of the time when presented with candy or a plate of cookies?

2.  Instead of bringing a sugar laden dessert or candy for everyone to enjoy at a party, did you bring something more healthy like a veggie or fruit platter with a healthy dip, or even a healthy dessert?

3.  Did you skip the bread and breaded appetizers at holiday dinners and parties?

4.  Have you told yourself that sugar and sweet treats will ruin your diet? Here's a quick tip:  Avoid eating sweet treats by eating protein. 
5.  Did you eat balanced meals containing protein, whole carbohydrates and fats the day of a holiday party instead of starving yourself and "saving" your calories?  P.S "saving calories doesn't help."

6.  Did you stay away from alcohol most of the time of your holiday events?
Remember: alcohol causes your body to store fat and not be able to burn fat, and when you add sugar to it, it makes it even worse.

7.  Did you stick to mostly protein and veggies at holiday dinners and parties?

8.  If you can't exercise due to holiday commitments, did you keep your carbohydrate intake lower and focus mostly on proteins, vegetables and some fruits?

9.  If you know you're going to eat more carbs than your body needs at a holiday event, did you plan this into your diet? Maybe the day prior, eat a lower carb diet, and then the day following, eat a no carb diet ? Also, give yourself an extra point for performing an intense workout too!

10.   Even if you can't get to the gym, did you find time to do a short, quick circuit workout?  Maybe a 4 minute tabata workout where you do, lets say squats, for 20 seconds, then rest 10 seconds for 8 total rounds!!  Pick any full body exercise and it works too!! And only in 4 minutes.

How'd you do?

Feel free to post your results


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