While the holidays can be the most wonderful time of year, with cooler weather, family gatherings and delicious foods, they can also be a minefield for those looking to maintain their weight-loss and fitness goals. Katie Mitchell, director of fitness, and Amanda Turner, registered dietitian (RD), with Curves International, Inc. offer the following tips to help stay on track with food and health goals:
1.) Eat before you go to a party: Never go to a party hungry.
2.) Bring your own healthy item: When you are invited to a party, take a healthy dish with you. This will ensure there is at least one healthy food option at the party.
3.) Measure your portions: Using measuring cups and spoons, rather than eye-balling and guessing, will help with portion control.
4.) Keep a food diary: Keeping a food diary, either online or in a journal, can help you keep track of your weight-loss goals.
5.) Avoid liquid calories: Liquid calories do not satisfy your hunger as much as solid foods.
6.) Add activity: Look for efficient and effective workouts. Seek a fitness program that combines strength training with cardio, you need it all in order to protect and increase muscle, burn fat, strengthen the heart and lungs.
“While we are here for our members year-round, we know how hectic and tempting the holiday season can be. At Curves, our members can get the help they need to stay on track with their weight-loss and fitness goals,” said Curves of Troy owner, Wendy Bennett. For more information about Curves of Troy, located at 6 Ellis Ave., contact a Curves of Troy staff member at 636-462-5900.