How to Combat Weight Gain This Holiday Season (Part I)

The holidays are a festive time of year for family and friends to get together and celebrate. A major part of the season is a wide variety of tempting holiday foods and treats, which are enjoyed only during this time of year. If you are not careful, you can start packing on extra weight, and then find yourself making a New Year’s resolution to join a gym and get into regular workout routines to shed the pounds away.

Rather than waiting until after the New Year, you may not even realize you do not require a gym membership to exercise and prevent putting on extra weight during the holidays. Here at CalAesthetics, we offer customizable programs to help individuals find the right workout plans for their current fitness level and body type. Best of all, you provide the input to design your own personalized plan!

In addition to our workout regimen programs, there are other things you can do, too, which we will cover in this two-part blog series. In this first segment, we will talk more about weight gain and how to pace yourself when indulging in your favorite holiday foods. In the second segment, we discuss different options on how you can remain active with your busy holiday schedule.

Why We Gain Weight

There can be several causes of weight gain, depending on your age and overall health and well-being. It is important to understand how the body processes the foods we eat and how it decides whether to use the food as energy or store it away as fat.

One reason we gain weight is because we are not eating correctly. The body needs fuel throughout the entire day. A bad habit people fall into is only eating one meal a day: normally, a large dinner, followed by dessert and snacking, right up until the time they get ready to go to sleep. This is one of the worst things you can do to your body.

Essentially, you are starving your body, so when you do eat your one meal, the body stores away all that food as fat because it does not know when it will get more food. Furthermore, our metabolism levels slow down while we sleep, meaning food still being digested is converted to fat.

A better solution you can follow, not just during the holidays but year-round, is to eat three smaller meals and a few snacks throughout the day, every three hours or so. Eating in this manner provides the body with small amounts of food it can digest easier and helps ensure it is burning up the food as energy, not storing it as fat.

TIP: If you are attending multiple holiday events on the same day, eat only specific portions of the meal at each event, such as the main entrée at the first event, health side dishes at the second event, and sample desserts and treats at the third event.

Don’t forget to check out Part II of this blog series to learn how to incorporate workouts into your busy holiday schedule! Feel free to use our workout program design tool today and enroll in your own customized workout program, without having to join a gym, or contact CalAesthetics through our “Contact Us” page if you have further questions.

How to Combat Weight Gain This Holiday Season (Part II)

In the previous blog segment, we discussed why we gain weight during the holidays, which is directly related to our eating habits. In this segment, we will talk more about how you can incorporate our workout programs into your busy holiday schedule and help prevent weight gain while maintaining your current fitness levels.

The biggest mistake active people make, when the holiday season is upon them, is to stop working out. They figure they can take a month or so off from their routines and simply jump back into them once the holidays are over. However, what they do not realize is this causes the body to go into what is known as “deconditioning.” The body starts to revert to its former state, metabolism rates can slow, and the body can start storing away fat instead of burning food as energy.

The first thing you need to remember is to maintain regular workouts to prevent deconditioning. Ideally, you should try to fit in at least two intense workout sessions each week throughout the holiday season. Maintaining this minimal amount of workouts prevents deconditioning and also makes it easier to return to your former schedule after the holidays.

Since you do not need a gym membership with our programs, you can work out virtually anywhere you want, whether you are traveling, visiting your parents or in-laws, or enjoying a holiday vacation. All you need to access your program is access to the Internet from your smartphone or a Wi-Fi hot spot!

The next thing you can do to ensure you have the time you need to fit in workouts is to adjust when you exercise. You might prefer exercising after working all day, in the evening before heading home, or fitting in a session during your lunch hour. However, with all of your holiday events, having time at lunch or in the evening may not be convenient or possible. You could find yourself rushing through the workout and not gaining the benefits your body needs.

To avoid feeling rushed, why not move your workouts to the morning after you get up? On the days you want to get a session in, simply get up an hour or so early. Before you groan and moan about waking up earlier, please realize one of the benefits of morning workouts is it jumps starts your metabolism and gives you more energy throughout the entire day. Just remember to eat a healthy breakfast and take any workout supplements afterward, to ensure your body has plenty of fuel to keep you energized until your morning snack and lunchtime.

If you are having difficulties in remaining motivated, don’t forget, we are here to help! We want you to succeed and can help provide the encouragement you need, along with other motivational tips and suggestions. For more information about CalAesthetics, our workout programs, or questions, feel free to browse our website or drop us a line using our “Contact Us” form.

We hope you have enjoyed this two-part blog series and wish you and yours a joyous holiday season!

How to Combat Weight Gain This Holiday Season (Part I)

The holidays are a festive time of year for family and friends to get together and celebrate. A major part of the season is a wide variety of tempting holiday foods and treats, which are enjoyed only during this time of year. If you are not careful, you can start packing on extra weight, and then find yourself making a New Year’s resolution to join a gym and get into regular workout routines to shed the pounds away.

Rather than waiting until after the New Year, you may not even realize you do not require a gym membership to exercise and prevent putting on extra weight during the holidays. Here at CalAesthetics, we offer customizable programs to help individuals find the right workout plans for their current fitness level and body type. Best of all, you provide the input to design your own personalized plan!

In addition to our workout regimen programs, there are other things you can do, too, which we will cover in this two-part blog series. In this first segment, we will talk more about weight gain and how to pace yourself when indulging in your favorite holiday foods. In the second segment, we discuss different options on how you can remain active with your busy holiday schedule.

Why We Gain Weight

holiday-weight-lossThere can be several causes of weight gain, depending on your age and overall health and well-being. It is important to understand how the body processes the foods we eat and how it decides whether to use the food as energy or store it away as fat.

One reason we gain weight is because we are not eating correctly. The body needs fuel throughout the entire day. A bad habit people fall into is only eating one meal a day: normally, a large dinner, followed by dessert and snacking, right up until the time they get ready to go to sleep. This is one of the worst things you can do to your body.

Essentially, you are starving your body, so when you do eat your one meal, the body stores away all that food as fat because it does not know when it will get more food. Furthermore, our metabolism levels slow down while we sleep, meaning food still being digested is converted to fat.

A better solution you can follow, not just during the holidays but year-round, is to eat three smaller meals and a few snacks throughout the day, every three hours or so. Eating in this manner provides the body with small amounts of food it can digest easier and helps ensure it is burning up the food as energy, not storing it as fat.

TIP: If you are attending multiple holiday events on the same day, eat only specific portions of the meal at each event, such as the main entrée at the first event, health side dishes at the second event, and sample desserts and treats at the third event.

Don’t forget to check out Part II of this blog series to learn how to incorporate workouts into your busy holiday schedule! Feel free to use our workout program design tool today and enroll in your own customized workout program, without having to join a gym, or contact CalAesthetics through our “Contact Us” page if you have further questions.

How to Combat Weight Gain This Holiday Season (Part II)

In the previous blog segment, we discussed why we gain weight during the holidays, which is directly related to our eating habits. In this segment, we will talk more about how you can incorporate our workout programs into your busy holiday schedule and help prevent weight gain while maintaining your current fitness levels.

The biggest mistake active people make, when the holiday season is upon them, is to stop working out. They figure they can take a month or so off from their routines and simply jump back into them once the holidays are over. However, what they do not realize is this causes the body to go into what is known as “deconditioning.” The body starts to revert to its former state, metabolism rates can slow, and the body can start storing away fat instead of burning food as energy.

The first thing you need to remember is to maintain regular workouts to prevent deconditioning. Ideally, you should try to fit in at least two intense workout sessions each week throughout the holiday season. Maintaining this minimal amount of workouts prevents deconditioning and also makes it easier to return to your former schedule after the holidays.

Since you do not need a gym membership with our programs, you can work out virtually anywhere you want, whether you are traveling, visiting your parents or in-laws, or enjoying a holiday vacation. All you need to access your program is access to the Internet from your smartphone or a Wi-Fi hot spot!

The next thing you can do to ensure you have the time you need to fit in workouts is to adjust when you exercise. You might prefer exercising after working all day, in the evening before heading home, or fitting in a session during your lunch hour. However, with all of your holiday events, having time at lunch or in the evening may not be convenient or possible. You could find yourself rushing through the workout and not gaining the benefits your body needs.

To avoid feeling rushed, why not move your workouts to the morning after you get up? On the days you want to get a session in, simply get up an hour or so early. Before you groan and moan about waking up earlier, please realize one of the benefits of morning workouts is it jumps starts your metabolism and gives you more energy throughout the entire day. Just remember to eat a healthy breakfast and take any workout supplements afterward, to ensure your body has plenty of fuel to keep you energized until your morning snack and lunchtime.

If you are having difficulties in remaining motivated, don’t forget, we are here to help! We want you to succeed and can help provide the encouragement you need, along with other motivational tips and suggestions. For more information about CalAesthetics, our workout programs, or questions, feel free to browse our website or drop us a line using our “Contact Us” form.

We hope you have enjoyed this two-part blog series and wish you and yours a joyous holiday season!