Staying Health Conscious During the Holiday Season | Maintain Don’t Gain


Innovative Office Solutions is implementing  a “Maintain, Don’t Gain” program this holiday season where employee’s weigh themselves before – and after – the holidays, and enter to win prizes based on their progress.

Sure, the holidays are filled with friends, family, gifts and good times.  However, with the holiday fun will most likely come the holiday food – and with the holiday food, comes the holiday weight gain.  Studies show that most Americans gain one to three pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years.

Luckily in todays health conscious day and age, there are countless office contests, apps, Fit-Bit’s, Nike FuelBand’s etc., that all help keep us honest and in shape.   If you want to stick to the more traditional, less techy solutions, below are a few things to keep in mind while sitting down to one of many holiday dinners.


It goes without saying, but many continue to overlook this simple solution.  If you already take part in regular exercise – Great!  Increase your exercise time as well as your exercise frequency for a more effective regimen, and you’ll be sure to keep off those pesky holiday pounds.  Many office environments allow employees to take part in exercising at their desk – take advantage of this option if you find yourself sitting for most of the day.  A little effort can go a long way!

Have a Cheat Day!

CAUTION: JUST ONE DAY.  If you choose to go this route, be sure to show some self-control.  Too often when people allow themselves a “cheat day” they make excuses and the cheat day turns into a cheat long weekend.  Eat reasonably well for 6 out of 7 days, and then on the 7th day, indulge in the holiday goodies.  Again, show some self-control on the cheat day, as you don’t want to succumb to food coma – but go ahead, eat an extra sugar cookie or two!

Eat More of the Better Foods!

When we hear the words “fat”, “butter”, “oil”, there is a voice in the back of your head yelling, “No, don’t eat that!”.  However, not all fats, butters and oils are bad for you.

  • For instance, use grass-fed butter on your baked potato or banana bread – it has healthier omega-3 and omega-6 ratio than grain-fed butter, and also contains high amounts of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which has been found to protect against cancers, reduce body fat and increase muscle growth.
  • Coconut Oil is an incredibly healthy substitute for vegetable oil or even olive oil.   Across the board, coconut oil has been found to be one of the healthiest substances humans can consume.   Coconut fats are full of MCT’s, or Medium Chain Triglycerides, that when broken down in the liver, lead to the efficient burning of energy.   A 2009 study found women who consumed coconut oil every day for 12 weeks not only maintained their weight, but lowered the amount of abdominal fat – which is often difficult to lose and can cause heart problems later in life.

Take your mind off the food!
Focus on catching up with friends and family.  Try to avoid gathering around the dinner table for conversing – go visit on the couch, around the bar, pull out a board game.  The further you are from the table, the less likely you’ll be to want to nibble or snack on something in a relatives fancy candy dish.

Of course, these are jus ta few of the many tips out there to help you “Maintain, Don’t Gain” this holiday season.  If your office doesn’t yet participate in this sort of program, start one!  It doesn’t take too much effort, it will keep you honest over the holiday season, and best of all – it will work!

Hopefully you’ll keep these tips in mind when pondering that last slice of pecan pie.

Happy Holidays!

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