EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY
5 Tips to Help Maintain Your Weight During the Holidays
by Andrea Mathis, Health Coach
- Stick To Your Plan and Expect to Succeed: It is estimated that the average American gains approximately 5 pounds during the Holiday season. This is likely because there was no plan in place. “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail” If you don’t have a plan, MAKE ONE. There are plenty of online resources for help. (myfitnesspal.com, sparkpeople.com, fooducate.com) If you do, and you STICK TO IT, you cannot fail!! EXPECT TO SUCCEED and you will!!
- Track Your Food: Tracking your food helps weight loss so if you’re diligent during the Holidays it will help you find places to cut back so you can indulge in a Holiday meal or enjoy grandma’s famous apple pie without feeling guilty because you kept to the caloric plan. Don’t skip your regular meals, you may be likely to overindulge later.
- Exercise, Exercise, Exercise: Especially during this time, it is too easy to allow other obligations sidetrack you from a workout. Get extra exercise where you can, park further away from the mall entrance. Take 10minutes to walk during your lunch hour. If exercise is not part of your current schedule find a way to add it like an appointment to your doctor (that you would never think to miss).
- Eat Mindfully and Control Alcohol Consumption: Eat with intention. If you’re going to indulge, be sure to choose something you know tastes good, and you’ll love, otherwise it’s just wasted calories. Eat slowly and focus on chewing your food well. Place your fork down and truly enjoy each bite, the smell, taste and texture of each item. Research shows when you take your time you are more likely to feel satisfied on less calories because you give your stomach time to tell your brain it is satisfied. Remember to track and control alcohol consumption. You’d be surprised how many calories you take in from alcohol (so make sure you log it right along with your food)
- Be Easy On Yourself: If you get off track one day don’t throw in the towel, get over it and get right back on track the very next day. Remember you’ve experienced many temptations and slip-ups before and everyday there are challenges we face but remain strong and make the choices that help move you toward your goals.
Don’t allow the Holiday season to be the reason to get sidetracked from your very important health goals, and also don’t allow your health goals to sidetrack you from enjoying this special time of the year.