Tips to maintain or even lose weight during the holidays

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- If you're looking to lose weight or just maintain your current weight, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time.  While it may be challenging it's not impossible. You just need the right strategy.

Heading to a holiday party? There are a few things you can do to stay on track.

Before you head off for the evening, make sure you eat a healthy meal so you do not arrive at a party or an event hungry. If you're hungry, you're more likely to overeat and consume too many calories.

Exercising the day of an event is also crucial to help you burn the extra calories you might consume that evening. 

While getting in a workout in is a great idea, the kind of exercise you choose is critical.  The day of the party, avoid high intensity cardio sessions. This workout often stimulates your appetite, which may lead you to overindulge even more that night. Any exercise you chose should be either a moderately intense cardio session or even better a weight-resistance workout.

If you do weight train, you'll experience little micro tears in the muscle, especially if you are lifting heavy weights. Eating extra protein and carbohydrates will help your body repair those muscle tears.  If you do consume food at an event, try to include some good protein and carbs so those calories will go toward repairing your muscle fibers rather than being stored as fat.

The day after an event is crucial to burning off those extra calories. 

With the increase in food and calories you may have an increase of sodium and water retention. You might even feel a little bloated the next day. The best workout you can do the day after is a high intensity cardio session, otherwise known as HITT.  You can try this workout in the morning along with  consuming plenty of water.

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