with author Heather Frey
prevent vacation weight gain: 10 dos and don'ts
Don't let anyone sell you on "This is the RIGHT way to get fit!". There is no one right way to get fit and anyone who tries to convince you otherwise, isn't someone you should trust with advice on how to healthify your body. Even similar people with similar goals will attack their challenges differently depending on many factors. Factors such as medical history, what kind of job you have, even climate, can influence how you set up your nutrition and workout out time. With some solid basic principals, you must pave your own road. BUT regardless of any of these factors, some fitness rules are rock solid and apply to every BODY and every strategy.
The 10 Fitness Rules of the Road!
1. NEVER let yourself get starved. "Starved" takes away all fitness- sense.
2. Set your workout days at the beginning of the week and schedule everything else around them, not the other way around.
3. Prepare your food in advance. Don't wait until you're hungry or there's a good chance you'll grab what you shouldn't grab.
4. Know what you'll snack on and keep food with you always. Keep it in your purse, at your desk, and in your car. See commandment #1.
5. Stay off the scale (as much as possible). It can be a motivation buster. As you gain muscle and lose layer, your weight may stay the same or even go up. Don't let numbers stop your momentum. They don't tell the whole truth.
6. Eat a nutritious breakfast. It's true what they say - breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gets the metabolism moving, and gets the brain and body rolling for the day. When you skip breakfast, you usually make up the calories later in the day anyway.
7. Have a treat meal. The key word is "meal". Don't have a treat day or worse a treat weekend. One over-done meal can set you back days which means you never move forward.
8. Find supportive friends. That means one or two. Don't tell Aunt Mary who loves to cook and makes you eat. You need close friends to cheer you on, not the jealous friends who thinks all your working out is "weird".
9. Drive past the drive-through. No more fast food. Not only is it just bad for you, it's high in fat, salt, calories and chemicals, and can actually alter your mood and trigger other not-so-good cravings. It's a goal-buster.
10. Your fitness is an everyday-thing, not just a weekday-thing. BUT, you should absolutely take rest days and absolutely have some food-joy, but plan it into your week, don't cram it all into one weekend.