Napa Valley's Top Fitness Coach Shares 9 Nutrition Tips for Surviving the Holidays

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Napa Valley fat loss expert, Jeff Larson, CPT, RKC II, is the founder of Napa & Sonoma Boot Camp, Napa & Sonoma Valley's premier fitness boot camps for men and women. He has assisted numerous people stay fit during the busy and stressful holiday season.Use his 9 diet tips to prevent holiday weight gain and stay fit right through the New Year.

Napa Valley fat loss expert, Jeff Larson, CPT, RKC II, is the founder of Napa & Sonoma Boot Camp, Napa & Sonoma Valley's premier fitness boot camps for men and women. He has assisted numerous people stay fit during the busy and stressful holiday season.Use his 9 diet tips to prevent holiday weight gain and stay fit right through the New Year.

Napa Valley fat loss expert Jeff Larson, CPT, RKC II is the founder of Napa Boot Camp, Napa's premier fitness boot camp for men and women. He has assisted numerous people prevent the holiday weight gain during this busy and stressful time of year.

Larson claims: "There are several clever damage control nutrition strategies that you should make use of to best prevent yourself from overdoing it at the holiday festivities this season."

Use the following 9 nutrition tips below to allow yourself to stay social and to be able to indulge in moderation without splitting your pants before the New Year:

1.) Hydrate

Try to drink at least 1-2 glasses of water before you dig in to those holiday meals. You will have a hard time going for that second plate with a belly full of food and water.

2.) Just Say No to Empty Liquid Calories

Let's do the math, if you consume 500 calories per day from liquid calories such as soda, alcohol or fruit juice for 7 days you have racked up 3,500 extra calories or 1 pound of extra fat just from your drinks!

3.) Do Not Famine before the Feast

You may think that refraining from food before your cheat meal is a good idea but actually it will just lead to overeating foods that are very high in sugar, fat or both.

4.) Don't Overeat

You need to understand that the holidays are not a free pass to eat as much as you can before they close the buffet down. Enjoy your favorites in moderation and you will feel better about yourself and your eating habits.

5.) Put the Healthy Stuff First

There are always healthy choices at holiday meals; there is a protein like turkey, prime rib or seafood, generally fruit and almost always a vegetable. Eat plenty of these items first and you will have just a little room left for holiday treats.

6.) Prepare Wisely for Your Holiday Events

You will decrease your cravings at the snack table if you consume a high protein, high fiber meal about an hour before your holiday event. My favorite strategy is to drink a protein shake with added fiber and healthy fats then I am satisfied before the holiday party.

7.) Get Back to Normal as Soon as You Can

I know that the holidays roll around once a year and you are going to want to indulge. So do it. Then get right back on the wagon for your next meal.

8.) Portion Control

Try to eat only half of all the servings of unhealthy food that you choose. Half of the portions equal half the calories!

9.) Claim Your Vigorous Workout Before/After Your Big Meal

Ideally you would want to work out before AND after a big meal, but if you can only do one, that will suffice. The best options will be 20 minutes of circuit resistance training or cardio interval training. If nothing else, get out and go for a walk after dinner.

According to Larson, "These small changes can literally save you hundreds, even thousands of calories, and more importantly will prevent your holiday feasts from creating the optimal fat-storing environment that will set you back from achieving your health and fitness goals."

Jeff Larson Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach is a local Napa fitness boot camp instructor and real world fat loss expert. Larson is available for a complimentary fitness presentation "The Lies and Myths of Fitness and Fat Loss" at your local Napa company, club, or organization please contact him by phone at 707-479-0866. For a free 1-week trial to his Napa boot camp to experience the best personal training in the Napa Valley please visit http://www.napabootcamp.com

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