Season To Be Jelly
As in, jiggly. And nobody wants that. So take control! You can still enjoy the holidays without ending up a dead ringer for Santa Claus’s stand-in.
It’s that time of year, when eggnog and cookies replace salmon and brown rice as dietary staples, and parties threaten our willpower at every turn. With all the holiday spirit (and spirits) in our midst, it can be all too easy for even those of us with the staunchest resolve to throw caution to the wind and indulge…skip workouts in favor of holiday get-togethers with friends…and slowly discover that our jeans are squeezing our middles more tightly than Santa Claus’s big belt belt.
But even with all the festivities intruding on our meticulously crafted workout schedules, there are ways to keep the holiday bloating under (some measure of) control. Not that it’s easy, particularly when giant baskets full of chocolates and toffee-coated popcorn are rolling into the office during the day like credit card bills, luring us into the break room for handfuls every time boredom sets in. Then there are the office parties and friends’ open houses. Maybe lunch gets missed due to meetings, and then dinner gets missed because we’re hitting a gathering, leading to major pig-outs on things like fried cheese and sliders, washed down by a couple (or three or four) caloric cocktails. And let’s not forget that this time of year is when temptations like pumpkin pie donuts (thanks a lot, Krispy Kreme) and cinnamon coffees loaded with whipped cream pop up on the menus of the places where normally we’d choose a skim soy latte or egg whites on a multigrain flatbread. Sigh.
But obviously, there are plenty of people who somehow manage to balance it all without sacrificing completely, and manage to get through the two months of the holiday season without exploding into an entirely new size category. And today more than ever, there are more tips and tricks available for the asking that can help us “regular people” do the same. Personal trainer Bobby Strom, who has trained celebrities including Jessica Biel and Britney Spears, reminds us: “Give yourself one meal a week. Christmas dinner is only one meal, not a three-day-long event.” As he told younghollywood.com, “Before you eat something, think, ‘If it’s not worth it, don’t waste it.’” But of course, there’s more to it than that—read on.