SOURCE: Curves International

December 03, 2013 16:30 ET

Six Tips From Curves to Stay on Track During the Holiday Season

Learn How to Stay in Shape While Still Enjoying the Holiday Season

WACO, TX--(Marketwired - Dec 3, 2013) -  While the holidays can be the most wonderful time of year, with cooler weather, family gatherings and delicious foods, they can also be a minefield for those looking to maintain their weight-loss and fitness goals. Katie Mitchell, director of fitness, and Amanda Turner, registered dietitian (RD) with Curves International, Inc., offer the following tips to help stay on track with food and health goals:

1.) Eat before you go to a party: Never go to a party hungry. Eating a high-fiber or protein-based snack like a turkey rollup and an apple will help fill you up and ensure your blood sugar levels stay consistent -- preventing over indulgence in calorie-laden party foods. Simply take 4 oz. of turkey slices and 2 tsp. of whole grain mustard, spread the mustard on the turkey, roll and enjoy! Slice up an apple if you are still hungry. Once at the party, make sure to drink a glass of water before you grab a plate.

2.) Bring your own healthy item: When you are invited to a party, take a healthy dish with you. This will ensure there is at least one healthy food option at the party.

3.) Measure your portions: Using measuring cups and spoons, rather than eye-balling and guessing, will help with portion control. If you are out and about and can't measure, use these basic measurement estimators: A fist = 1 cup, palm sized = approximately 4 oz. of a meat portion, deck of cards = 3oz of meat, tip of thumb = 1 tbsp, tip of pinky = 1 tsp, tennis ball = 1 fruit serving, golf ball sized = 2 tbsp.

4.) Keep a food diary: Keeping a food diary, either online or in a journal, can help you keep track of your weight-loss goals. In fact, some research has shown that those who keep a food journal lose up to twice as much weight. Recording your food intake can also help you think twice about that extra serving of mashed potatoes at dinner. Be sure to enter your food intake online right after a meal or event.

5.) Avoid liquid calories: Liquid calories do not satisfy your hunger as much as solid foods. It is best to choose calorie-free beverages like water, unsweetened-tea, black coffee, and seltzer water for beverages. If you plan to drink alcohol, limit yourself to one 5 oz. glass of wine, a 12 oz. beer, or a small cocktail with 1 oz. of liquor. If you prefer mixed drinks, try a calorie free mixer like soda water with lemon or lime wedges, crystal light, or diet options rather than regular options. 

6.) Add activity: Look for efficient and effective workouts. Seek a fitness program that combines strength training with cardio -- you need it all in order to protect and increase muscle, burn fat, strengthen the heart and lungs, and promote flexibility. Check out clubs like Curves for a 30-minute, full-body workout, plus ideas for meal plans, support and motivation.

"While we are here for our members year-round, we know how hectic and tempting the holiday season can be. At Curves, our members can get the help they need to stay on track with their weight-loss and fitness goals," said Mitchell. "In particular, Curves Complete offers weekly check-ins to help keep members accountable to a Coach and to themselves, which we know to be a valuable tool for success."

For more information about Curves, please visit www.curves.com.

About Curves International, Inc.
Curves International, Inc. is the largest chain of fitness centers for women in the world and is famous for its 30-minute Circuit with a Coach that works every major muscle group with strength training, cardio and stretching. The new Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels (launching January 2014) offer cutting-edge total body workouts that feature the Curves strength training machines in conjunction with functional bodyweight-based exercises that ramp up metabolism and transform physique. With Curves Complete, women have a fully integrated, personalized weight loss and weight management solution that includes the Curves fitness program, a customizable meal plan and one-on-one coaching and support. Backed by extensive research, Curves Complete has been shown to reduce fat, increase lean muscle, boost metabolism and help dieters lose weight and maintain weight loss. Each Curves Complete Coach has completed a certification program developed in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Curves is committed to providing women with the tools necessary to empower them to live more fulfilling lives. For more information please visit curves.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kathy Carr
    Curves International, Inc.
    Corporate Communications
    kcarr@curves.com
    800.848.1096 x2272