Friday, November 12, 2010

Seven pounds...

...Statistics tell us that's what the “average” American gains over the holidays.

So, do we just accept that we're average and worry about the additional "seven pounds" on January 2nd?

I certainly hope not!

Now is it feasible to think we're not going to enjoy the celebrations coming over the next two months by indulging a little with our friends and family?

Definitely not!

So, what do we do?

Well, we have a couple of options, take the next two weeks to lose 7-10 pounds before the sleigh bells start ringing or just focus on maintaining our current weight through the holidays?

The holidays are a good time to:

Get some exercise - take a walk after your meals or spend some time with your kids on the Wii!

Share a meal - going out for parties? Treat yourself to a nice drink, dessert, chocolate or sweets without guilt, but always watch your portion. Go for small portions. Share with your date or BFF!

Avoid liquid calories - Remember: Calories from alcohol tend to be stored in the abdomen. People who are overweight actually gain weight more easily when they consume alcohol. Order water & drink it first! Alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body. Instead of beer, cider, Bailey's and Kahlua, try dry wine, Bloody Marys or spirits with diet mixer which have fewer calories.

Plan healthier desserts - Many products such as mayonnaise, cheese, cream soup, sour cream have lower-fat versions so experiment with them in your cooking. Try some of these substitutions in your holiday recipes:

Eat regularly - If you are going to a big party or dinner, don't starve yourself all day in anticipation. You're in danger of arriving there starving and eating everything in sight. Before a holiday event, eat a snack or light meal. Foods high in protein, like chicken or cottage cheese, help you to eat less later.

Now, if you're serious about this, and want to take this even farther, be sure to read my next post!

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