Holiday Weight Loss By Phil
Lempert - www.philsfatdiaries.com
Best Way is NOT to Gain it Over the Holidays!
The holidays are not only notorious for long
lines, major traffic, and familial tiffs, but also with super-rich foods,
overindulgence, and lower activity levels. The latter adds up and becomes part
of what we all dread: holiday weight gain. It happens to all most everyone.
Whether it be one pound, half a pound, or five pounds, the weight goes on and
rarely comes off. Five Christmas' later, you have a significant weight gain on
your hands (or hips!). So what to do?
Here's our list of ten tips to
make sure you stay in shape over the holiday season and avoid putting "lose
weight" as one of your New Year's resolutions:
1. Stay active: One of the major
causes of weight gain during the holidays is lack of activity. Time is spent
doing holiday errands, which makes us more tired, less motivated, and not
wanting to stick to our routine. Best thing to do.stick to your regular
schedule! Not only will it help keep weight gain down, it will give you more
energy and it will reduce your stress which are both needed to battle the long
lines and parking squabbles. Better yet, if you can up your activity, even
better! Try walking a few extra laps around the mall. Or an extra 20 minutes on
2. Don't starve yourself: One of the
most common mistakes people make is to go hungry all day so that they can
"afford" the calories later on at the holiday party they will be attending. Big
no-no! You will be so hungry by the time you get to the party, that you will
forget about any sense of the word moderation or control. You are setting
yourself up for a major binge. Make sure to eat your normal (healthy,
hopefully) meals and keep your hunger at bay so that you can enjoy the food at
the party without going overboard. Another thing to do is have a snack before
you go the party. A piece of fruit or something along those lines will keep you
3. Don't let your fat diary go! If
you stick to your normal routine of writing down what you eat, you will be able
to monitor your caloric intake better. Go online to www.Philsfatdiaries.com and
sign up for your free fat diary. Research shows that people who keep a fat
diary actually consume 15% less food than those who do not!
4. Choose healthier options: There
are some healthy options that you can eat during the holidays. White meat
turkey is a great lean protein. Vegetables that aren't laden with butter, salad
not drenched in dressing, sweet potatoes, and cranberries are also options. You
can also make other typical dishes healthier by changing the ingredients
slightly. Try making mashed potatoes with reduced-fat or low-fat milk, yogurt
or sour cream. Dips and spreads, same thing. Really think about the ingredients
that you normally use and then think about how you can make the dish healthier.
But, on that same note.
5. Enjoy what you love: We all have
those certain dishes or items that just bring us back to childhood and make the
holidays special. Go ahead, indulge! Be choosy about what you indulge in
though. Don't choose the pumpkin pie just because it is lower in fat than the
pecan (which it is). If you want the pecan, choose the pecan! You don't want to
set yourself up for binges later. That one piece of pumpkin pie may not satisfy
you, so you may have another when, really, you could have had just one piece of
pecan and been completely satisfied. Give yourself permission to enjoy the
holidays. Just enjoy with a sense of moderation. If you want to splurge on
dessert, maybe you are a little more careful with your entrée choice.
6. Don't try and start a new diet during the holidays: That just screams
binge! You will only be setting yourself up for disappointment, resentment, and
depression. You get that enough from your family members, you don't need that
from yourself. Stay healthy, but don't be too restrictive.
7. Holidays are days: Yes, days.not
weeks, not months, but days. Treat them that way. Enjoy yourself on the
particular holiday, but then go right back to your normal healthy eating plan.
Just because it's the day before, the day before Christmas Eve, doesn't mean
it's a holiday!
8. Take time for you: It goes without
saying that this season is all about stress! Between trying to shop, worrying
about what your Aunt Tilly is going to say about your new choice of career,
trying to schedule in all your holiday parties along with your kids' plays and
concerts and still dealing with day-to-day stressors, it is important that you
take some time for yourself. Schedule a massage, buy a new book, treat yourself
to a yoga studio membership, learn to meditate, whatever. Find something that
will curb your stress that is not eating! This is the EASIEST time to turn to
food for comfort. There is a ton around and it is all super-indulgent. Give
yourself another method to deal with stress; you more than deserve it!
9. Give (or ask for) the gift of
health: Gym memberships, exercise equipment, athletic apparel or shoes,
gift certificates to a spa or personal trainer, etc. There are many "health"
related gifts that you can give or ask for that would help someone you love or
yourself stay healthy all year long. It will give a great jump-start to those
New Year's Resolutions that we normally give up by February. Make a commitment
to your body and teach others to do the same.
10. Eat, drink, and be Merry! It
can't be said enough. This is a season that is full of joy, love, and many good
things if you let it be just that. Let your body and mind tell you what it
needs, wants, and can do without. Live a little, but don't go overboard if it
is only going to make you miserable the next day. It is supposed to be fun and
it will be if you stay true to yourself and your needs.
For more food & diet tips check out
Phil's website: www.supermarketguru.com and be sure to sign up for your
free fat diary at
Copyright © Philip
About Philip Lempert: An expert on
consumer issues, marketing trends, new products and food safety, Lempert is a
respected analyst with an uncanny ability to identify and explain trends to
both industry and consumers in a thought provoking and entertaining manner.
Known as the Supermarket Guru®, Lempert is the food trends editor for NBC
News' TODAY Show, founder and editor of SupermarketGuru.com and can be heard
weekly as host of the syndicated radio show Shopping Smart®. He's also a
correspondent for BBC Radio's 5 Live Program and is the author of several books
including Being the Shopper: Understanding the Buyer's Choices, Phil Lempert's
Supermarket Shopping & Value Guide. Phil is a member of the Advisory Board
to the Partnership for Food Safety Education in Washington DC. For more
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