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How To Lose Weight Over the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be eating! With the colder weather often comes an increase in comfort foods. Baking Christmas cookies and pies is a wonderful way to spread cheer and bond with your family, but what about the dreaded holiday weight gain?

Don’t work hard at your fitness goals only to toss them aside for the last few weeks of the year. Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour shares a few tips for how to beat the cycle of holiday weight gain!

Being on a diet during the holiday season is no fun. Instead of trying to be super strict with yourself, find ways to make your cravings fit your goals.

I don’t wish for my private weight loss clients to feel deprived during this joyous time of year, but at the same time I also want them to succeed! Here are a few helpful ideas for healthier twists on some of your favorite foods.

Eat What You Crave- Mindfully

Craving a salty snack? Kale chips are an easy-to-make, guilt-free alternative to regular chips! Also they are available prepackaged at most health food stores.

Have a fierce need of french fries? Make baked sweet potato fries instead! Conveniently, you can also now purchase these from the frozen section at your local grocery store!

Friday night pizza? Yeah! You can still have that! Cauliflower is huge right now and for good reason. It’s low-carb, chock full of nutrients, and delicious! Making your own cauliflower crust isn’t always an option, so if you’re short on time pick up a frozen CauliPower pizza!

CAULIPOWER products use real cauliflower and nothing synthetic, resulting in nutrient-rich, naturally gluten-free options lower in calories, sugar, sodium and fat. And special to Chicago, CAULIPOWER has a claw machine at the Shops at North Bridge. Players win mini pizza boxes with pizza coupons, cauliflower stress balls, and more free prizes through December 21st!

Here’s The Deal

Make deals with yourself. You can stay on top of your healthy habits with just a little bit of planning.

For example: If you know you’re going out with coworkers for happy hour, or have extra errands/events causing you to miss a workout; set your alarm clock for just 5 min earlier that morning. Get up, put on your workout shoes, go into your bathroom and jog in place for those 5 minutes.

Another great idea for keeping yourself mentally healthy is to bring a self help book along with you to work. Set a timer and read for 5 minutes of your lunch break.

These little habits will keep your head in the game, you got this!

Keep An Attitude of Gratitude

Shift your focus away from the holiday spread of goodies and instead reward yourself with good conversation. Be grateful to be around family, with friends, to simply be present.

Take time out to just be by yourself, sit on your yoga mat, and do a bit of meditation on everything you’re thankful for this year. Put on some headphones, check out a free meditation app like Insight Timer, and zen out!

Also, I include both yoga and meditation on my Step It Up with Steph DVD which is available for purchase here.

It makes sense that when you feel good you make better choices for yourself. Let this be the positive cycle that you repeat every year!

Happy Holidays!

-Steph

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

 

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain with Ease (As Seen on Fox Chicago)

Who doesn’t love the holidays? Gatherings with family, friends, and a plethora of delicious food is cause for celebration…but can also come with a side of stress! If you’re worried about gaining the average 5-10lbs over the holidays, set your mind at ease by watching this interview Fitness Expert and Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour gave on Fox Chicago.

My advice for beating the holiday blues, both mentally and physically, can be summed up in the following 3 steps.

Prioritize Yourself

As I like to remind my private weight loss clients, keeping stress to a minimum is extra important over the hectic holidays!

Grab your planner and literally pencil in your “me” time. Schedule your workouts so you won’t miss them or run out of time.

Plan out your shopping trips so you always have fresh, healthy food available.

Finally, be sure to also schedule yourself quality self-care time. This can be something as fancy as booking a massage or facial, or even as simple as a bubble bath or painting your toenails at home!

Get Checked Out by Professionals

This is a big one because a healthy weight starts with healthy joints. I recently visited the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute and can’t recommend them enough if you’re local to this area! Their team of orthopedic physicians, therapists, and the rest of the health and wellness staff will provide you with a comprehensive exam to get you back to your optimal joint movement!

You can’t push yourself in the gym if you have a hurt shoulder or knee constantly flaring up. If you’re in physical pain or have an injury that’s holding you back from achieving your goals, schedule a doctor’s visit and have them address anything ailing you.

Even if you aren’t currently in pain, still go ahead and schedule your annual physical, health is wealth!

Make Those Mental Gains

Train your brain for success this holiday season! By rewiring the way you talk to yourself, you put yourself in a much better frame of mind where true and lasting weight loss can happen.

You should never speak to yourself, even in your head, in a way that you wouldn’t talk to your best friend. I’ll give some examples about what I mean by that.

  • Instead of feeling guilty and beating yourself up for eating a single cookie, try focusing on how good that cookie was and how happy you were to enjoy one.
  • Rather than getting down on yourself if you missed a workout, think of all the positive, healthy things you did accomplish that day (drinking plenty of water, meditating, eating a lot of vegetables)
  • Let go of the idea that you’re absolutely going to gain weight over the holidays and instead tell yourself how proud you are every time you make it to your scheduled workouts or turn down treats in favor of more healthy options.

 

I hope these tips help you feel more confident going into your holiday season. I am thankful to you for reading and wish a merry health to you all!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com