Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and Christmas will be here before we know it. If you're still carrying a few extra pounds or just want to look stunning in those holiday dresses, start making some small changes to your fitness regimen and diet. I had a chance to interview celebrity trainer Lacey Stone while she was making her rounds at grand openings of SIX:02 stores in Florida. If you're just starting a new fitness program or want to take your workouts to a new level, you'll need to make sure you're avoiding some common workout and diet mistakes.
Here's what Lacey Stone has to say about getting in shape this season:
Maximizing Your Workouts for the Holidays
Whether you're hitting the gym a few days a week or doing a workout routine at home, make sure you're getting the most out of your efforts. Lacey says that wearing the wrong workout clothing is a common mistake many women make. Lacey says, "Wearing too much clothing or too little clothing can be equally prohibitive. Make sure you are covered, but not so much that your range of motion is limited. Along this line, a supportive sports bra is a must!"
It's also a good idea to increase your weight load. In my experience, lifting heavy has definitely helped me get faster results. Lacey recommends letting go of those light hand weights. "Don't be afraid to bump up the weight a bit more -- your handbag weighs more than what you're lifting at the gym!"
Diet Essentials for the Season
It might be tempting to start a low-calorie diet in hopes of shedding a few pounds before the holidays, but Lacey says that's another common mistake women make. "Less is not more", says Lacey. "When thinking about your diet, fuel your body for performance. This is especially important if you are exercising regularly."
She recommends eating wholesome meals that have a good balance of carbs and protein. And, it's critical that you eat the most important meal of the day: breakfast! Snacking between meal sis also a good idea. Lacey says her go-to snack is a bag of raw, mixed nuts, but an apple is also a great choice for anyone who is always on-the-go.
As far as getting through the season without piling on the pounds, you'll want to avoid drinking your calories. "Even two glasses of wine can add up quickly...you could be hitting 300 calories. Those calories could be put towards a more filling, satiating snack," says Lacey.
While it's a good idea to make mindful choices this holiday season, don't rule out all your favorite holiday foods. Lacey says, "I'm a firm believer that you can enjoy everything in moderation and I do practice that. A cupcake, piece of pie or a holiday cookie will not kill you."
Staying in Shape through New Year's
Here are some more tips for staying in shape through the holiday season -- and beyond:
- Don't go to the grocery store hungry
- Keep healthy snacks in your bag while you go shopping or know you won't get to eat for a few hours
- Layer up when you're taking your workout outdoors
- Make the time to commit to your workout program
- Eat breakfast every day, no excuses!