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Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays

That “bowl full of jelly” may work for Santa’s belly but not for me! In the King James Version we read, Philippians 4:5, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” When it comes to Holiday eating, I can use some moderation. How about You? I ran across this article in Healthy Living magazine and found it well worth passing along. It stated that most people gain 5lbs. The older I get the harder it is to shed my Fantasy Fudge and Pumpkin Pie pounds.
These tools are simple and easy to remember. I’m sure going to try.

Strategies for dodging winter pounds.
A Tufts University study revealed that people who already overweight (And who isn’t?) are likely to pack on 5 unwanted pounds. Follow these tips to ensure that the holidays are about celebration, not weight gain.

Carry a bottle of water everywhere and drink it throughout the day. Water fills your stomach and reduces feelings of hunger. Drink your fill before going to the party or fancy restaurant, and you will probably eat less.

Studies show that people snack more when they see goodies, so avoid the break rooms and other areas where well-meaning folks leave sweets. Instead, of a break time, take a brisk walk and fill up on healthy, portable snacks.

Choose the smaller plate.
Research shows that people tend to eat whatever they put on their plates—even if their brains are screaming,”Stop. You’re full!” If you hit the buffet line with a large plate, you’re more likely to overeat. Instead, take the smallest plate possible. If you’re still hungry, you can make a return trip. (Just don’t take a dozen like me at the dessert counter:0)

One of the simplest ways to prevent holiday weight gain is to exercise every day. Unless the weather is terrible, find reasons to walk daily, including walking with your family between main course and dessert. (I just took a jog up and down my driveway with my rowdy lab before I sat down to write. It was great!)

Start your resolution Early.
People sabotage themselves by planning to get fit starting to in January, leading to a ”diet tomorrow, indulge today” mentality. Avoid this psychological trap, and give yourself the gift of an early start. Resolve to eat 50% more fruits and vegetables during the holidays and begin the year leaner.

(I hoped you find this article helpful! My daughter is helping us with a Weight Watcher’s Thanksgiving dinner. She worked for WW for a few years, and I find when I hangout with her, I can keep my waistline in line! I’ll let you know how it works. You might be able to try it for your Christmas dinner:)

During this season of giving Thanks, I am thankful for you!









November 15, 2012 @08:09 pm

Thank you for the reality check.

November 15, 2012 @08:06 pm

Thanks for the tips. Your daughter probably knows of this recipe, but last year I made a mashed potato dish from WW that used Cauliflower. It was so yummy and easier on the waistline as well. Let me know if you'd like the recipe. I even tricked my dad on this recipe.

November 05, 2012 @08:47 pm

Thank-You for your encouragement and kind words of advice for my holiday indulgences! The richness of holiday food is quickly addictive! I will take your advice starting right now, and I know I'll feel better when January comes! First stop Monday morning, bottled water! Have a blessed Holiday season!

November 05, 2012 @08:46 pm

I see you and I share a love of the desserts - however, you must control your love for desserts; at least it doesn't show up in your waistline. Thanks for the tips!


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