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Don't Bust Your Gut: Avoiding The Holiday Waistline Bulge

Don't Bust Your Gut: Avoiding The Holiday Waistline Bulge

Joan Schnorf

The holiday weight gain season is in full swing. If standing on the scale is one of your biggest fears right now, avoid gaining the typical pounds of the season by following these three holiday belly bulge busters.


Don’t Stuff the Turkey

"You are what you eat" has even more meaning over the holiday season as pumpkin desserts bake in the oven, frosted gingerbread cookies are exchanged and homemade eggnog is mixed by the batch. To track the amount of calories you consume and avoid over-stuffing yourself, use an accountability tool such as a food journal and weekly weigh-ins to minimize the damage the holiday season can bring to your waistline. If you actually track your calorie intake, you are more likely to keep additional calories to a minimum.

When you’re getting ready to hit the holiday party scene, it’s important to pre-party by having a protein-based snack like a handful of almonds or a yogurt to fill you up. When you’re at the party, it also can be a good strategy to focus less on the food they are serving at the buffet table and more on socializing as you move around to work the room. Avoiding fancy alcoholic drinks can help minimize consuming extra calories and alternating drinks with a full glass of water can be a wise choice as well.

Opt for a Trot Rather Than a Plop

Instead of sitting in the kitchen snacking as the holiday meal bakes in the oven or sitting in front of the television all day watching football, spend quality time with your family by getting outside and being active together. This time of year offers many fun, family-friendly winter outdoor activities such as ice skating, sledding, skiing and hiking. Spend your holiday weekends being active outside as much as possible to burn more calories and build fun family traditions.

Save the Wishbone for Another Day

You can’t wish your way to avoiding holiday weight gain. But you can plan ahead to adapt your workouts to your changing holiday schedule. Whether you’re going on vacation or staying home for the holidays, you’ll face many distractions that can potentially throw you off your healthy eating and exercise game.

Gear up for the holiday season over the next few weeks by preparing for your schedule and lifestyle changes. Ask yourself:

  • What’s my exercise routine going to look like over the holiday season?
  • When do I have parties scheduled and how am I going to accommodate my nutrition and exercise plan for them?
  • How can I squeeze in some extra cardio sessions each week to compensate for the extras of the holiday season?


Keep the bulge from moving into your waistline over the holidays by eating sensibly, keeping your calories accounted for and focusing on a consistent workout regimen. You'll feel much better about yourself and your body if you leave the extra holiday pounds behind after the season comes to an end.

Please call the studio at 410-750-2228 to schedule your training sessions for the holiday season. Please note the studio will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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