How to Avoid the Holiday Calories – While Still Enjoying the Holidays!

The holiday season is in full swing and you know what that means: time with family, friends, and LOTS of food. Holidays bring the best meals, parties, and cookies imaginable, but in turn put a kink in your diet and exercise routine. However, it doesn't have to, and we're here to show you how you can avoid those holiday pounds and still start off 2015 on the right foot.

Whether you are attending holiday parties or staying at home, these tips will keep you right on track.

Holiday Parties

Your office holiday party is the event of the year, but you don't want to wake up the morning after with a headache and a stomach full of regret. Our suggestions? First, don't skip your workout! With your treadmill or elliptical right at home for you, get in at least a half-hour workout before the party.

Don't skip breakfast or lunch! Breakfast is most certainly the most important meal of the day; it gets your metabolism going. Skipping meals to save room for calories will only lead you to eat more unhealthy food at the party later.

As for alcohol (you're not fooling us!) start off with a seltzer water with lemon, then opt for a glass of wine over something stronger. Red wine actually has resveratrol, which helps fight off fat. Sugary mixed drinks are chocked full of calories and will get you nowhere fast – off of your diet and with a splitting headache the next morning.

And of course, the food. Most holiday parties are catered, and who doesn't love free food? The good thing is, most of the time the buffet line offered two or three plate sizes. You know where this is going – opt for the smaller size. Its an easy way to cut back on calories when you can't fit them on your plate.

Staying At Home

These same rules can apply while staying at home as well! Make sure to eat breakfast and lunch, get your workout in, opt for red wine, and eat in smaller portions. However, here we wanted to address the stress that comes with staying at home.

If you are hosting dinner, sometimes running around and making sure everything is ready can lead you to forget to take care of yourself first. Make sure to take these tips into consideration:

Get plenty of sleep! The holidays can be an amazing time spent with family and friends, but we all know they can also have us running to every store buying gifts, wrapping, cooking… who has time to sleep? But 7-8 hours of sleep a night is essential to not only keeping your weight on track, but for your overall health.

Choose your calories wisely! Remember our "Fit for 15" post? Keep in mind your New Years Resolutions because they start just one week after Christmas! Of course, you're going to indulge in those favorite homemade cookies that you decide to put out for guests. But have one of those, not one of everything on the dessert table.

Skip the eggnog! We bet you didn't know that just one cup of eggnog has 224 calories and 10 grams of fat. Better to skip on this indulgence this year, rum included or not!

There you have some holiday tips to keep your diet and exercise plan on track. And we can't emphasize enough: keep up with your workout!