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Day 4

Get Ready For Family



1. BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) - Offer to bring your own healthy dish to Thanksgiving dinner. You can assemble a nice fall-inspired salad or a lighter version of your favorite casserole.

2. Don’t Let Family Pressure Kill Your Resolve - If fussy relatives are determined to fatten you up, politely explain to them that you are trying to stay fit and that you’d prefer if they respected your decision. This will hopefully keep them quiet. If they keep insisting on force-feeding you some pie, just shrug them off and walk away. Haters gonna hate.


3. No Gym? No Problem! - When busy routines interfere with your gym time, the key is to get creative with your workouts. Squeeze in a calorie-blasting workout in the confines of your hotel room using dynamic bodyweight exercises like push-ups, planks, lunges, jump squats, and mountain climbers. Or, pack resistance bands in your suitcase — they’re compact and don’t take up a lot of space 


4. Don’t Sweat It! - So what’s the worst that can happen if you relax your fitness standards for a few weeks? Not much. Most experts say that you don’t start losing muscle until after three months of ceasing all exercise. 


5. Pack Sneakers. - Wherever you find yourself this holiday, you should be ready to move your body at a moment’s notice. You never know when an impromptu outdoor hike with cousins or a jog with siblings might present itself.  So eliminate every excuse possible by always having your gear.


6. Select The Treats - Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

7. Avoid Skipping Meals - Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

8. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts - Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.