Sioux Falls, SD
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the amount of holiday goodies can get overwhelming. All of those treats can lead to unwanted weight gain, which can be hard to lose after the holidays are over.
"You fall into those comfort foods, and getting together with the family. It's like, 'When are we going to eat next?' It's always based around food which is fun, and its one of my favorite things to do but its hard to stay healthy," Kelly Tadlock said.
That's why Tadlock participates in a fitness challenge with her coworkers at DocuTap called "Project Zero." It focuses on gaining zero pounds throughout the holidays.
"I think with this challenge, especially since you're not trying to lose a ton of weight you're just trying to maintain, you end up actually losing weight because you're just more mindful of what you're eating," Tadlock said.
Tadlock says what helps her maintain a healthy weight is keeping track of what she's eating.
"I do it either on my phone or just in an actual journal. I journal what I eat and I also just try to weigh myself every couple of days," Tadlock said.
Annie Mello, owner of CPM Fitness in Sioux Falls says the Project Zero challenge is something anyone can do during the holidays.
"Instead of having three desserts, maybe it's one. Or, maybe it's a bite of each," Mello said.
And if you have holiday parties to attend, Mello says eat at home first.
"Pre-eat. So, before you go to these holiday parties make sure you're feeding your body with good fuel and good healthy foods at home so you're less apt to eat a ton at the parties," Mello said.
If you're too busy for working out over the holidays, Mello says parking farther away from the door when you're out shopping can help you get in a little exercise.
So before you reach for that third cookie, be mindful of the work that it may take to get rid of it later.
If you would like to see more tips on how to stay fit during the holidays, visit the CPM Fitness website
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