Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness – Amarillo’s personal training studio. Today we’re going to be talking about avoiding unwanted inches with these four tips. If you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188.

Well, it’s the holidays. We got things coming up over the next few weeks. And even though maybe the parties have been subsiding and maybe you’re not going as many places, we’re still going to have some things happening that might add some unwanted inches to your waistline.

Well, that’s all good and fine, except whenever we start to think about the fact that most people are starting to hit panic mode right now, right? Whether it’s the fact that we haven’t finished all our Christmas shopping, or we just realize, “Oh, no, I haven’t really done what I was supposed to do in the last few months, and now January is coming. I better hit it hard and get this done before January hits, so I don’t have to go with all these crazy people to the gym.”

Avoiding unwanted inches is really easier than you think. And there’s really four great ways to do that. That first one is don’t go anywhere hungry. Always preload your meal or your event by eating some vegetables, a salad, drinking some water, all that kind of good stuff before you go, maybe even eat like a mini-meal before you leave. Now, what that’s going to do is help you to fill up so that you can still not be rude, by not eating the food, but not have to eat as much of all of it, right? Then you can kind of pick and choose what you want, and you don’t have to eat all of it.

Number two is not going back for seconds. So we all know that we kind of set it up buffet style this time of year, and everybody just keeps going back for more and more and more. Well, get your plate, fill it up with what you want and if we feel the need to go back for seconds, instead of eating it that night, go back, fill up a plate and take that home for your leftovers so that you don’t panic thinking, “I had to have the whole dish of this because I won’t have it again for 12 months.”

Just pack it onto the plate and then eat that for your seconds the next day. Try to avoid those seconds. Were food’s laid out our brains tend to take over and they say, “Oh, there’s still food there. I should go and eat it up,” but don’t let your brain do that. Listen to your body on when you’re full and take advantage of that.

Number three is to keep moving. A lot of times we go to these events and we just sit down and talk to people, stand up and talk, go walk around the room. If you get overly full, maybe go out for a walk with some friends, whatever it may be, but they keep moving. Keep upright, and that’ll help you to burn off more calories as you’re eating. You’re probably not going to burn off the thousand calories that were in that piece of pie but it’ll help to kind of balance things a little bit better than if you just sat there.

All right, step number four is a big one. It’s about alcohol. Alcohol is present in most of these events, right? And so there’s really two tips here. You can either alternate between water and your alcoholic beverages. Hopefully, getting two glasses of water to every one alcoholic beverage. But if you’re finding that that’s not working for you, you’re either still tempted to drink more or maybe alcohol isn’t what you do.

Go for the mocktails if you need to but again, still alternate between water and the mocktails because the mocktails are still going to be higher in sugar. So that we’re not doing that all the time, we’re not going out and having six or seven drinks, but instead just kind of balance that out so that we can enjoy ourselves and have a great time outside the bubble, but not really driving ourselves crazy to where we wake up the next morning pretty regretful.

Those are the four tips for during the event. How do we fix this afterwards? Well, the next day we get right back on track with our meal plan. We start to focus on our healthy eating. Maybe we have our breakfast already made and ready to go for in the morning, or maybe we have a shake in the morning. Something easy. So you can get back on track with healthy eating.

Number two is to make sure that you get in a workout. So if it’s a Christmas Day, you can still work out on Christmas Day, right? Might not be able to go to the gym to do it. Might not be able to come to the studio, but you can get it done at home.

If for some reason you can’t do it on the day of, you’ve still got the very next day, right? So that next day make sure you plan a workout. Getting something good. You don’t have to go kill yourself at the gym. Remember, it’s all about consistency. If you’re consistently exercising, consistently eating healthy, then you’re not going to be in panic mode this winter because you’re going to know that the things you’ve done up until now are going to help to negate anything that takes you off track. Really plan that next day. Make sure that you’re ready for that.

So, if you are wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. We work with our clients not just on fitness, but also nutrition.

What we do is ensure that you are supported throughout every aspect of your health and wellness journey which includes making those eating changes. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188. At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR wellness coaches in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.