Weight Loss and the Holidays
The holidays are almost here and yes the average person gains 8 pounds from Halloween to New Years. Here are some tips to help you get through the challenges of this festive time.
The most important tip is to continue your weekly visits; nothing will ensure your success more than making that commitment to yourself. Weighing in weekly and having your journal reviewed will definitely allow you to be better prepared for the temptations that will arise. Don’t forget your B injections, they will help with energy, bloating, and mood swings.
Holiday Weight Loss Tip 1: Fuel Up on the Right Breakfast
Having a morning meal is essential to keeping your diet on track. Choose a breakfast that includes lean protein: such as eggs and turkey bacon. Do not skip breakfast to “save” the calories for that party or family get together. This doesn’t work and you wind up overeating later on.
Holiday Weight Loss Tip 2: Reset Your Idea of Portions
If your portion sizes balloon during the holidays like floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, use portion-control tricks to stay on track. Remember, the goal is to feel comfortably full—not overstuffed. Using a salad plate, which is usually eight or nine inches in diameter, can help someone visualize what a reasonable-size plate should look like. Continue weighing and measuring when possible. Journal everything.
Holiday Weight Loss Tip 3 Make Simple Food Swaps
Using spices in place of fat in many dishes can boost flavor and combat that inflated-waistline feeling. Cinnamon and ginger are digestive aids and commonly used in-home remedies to help with gassiness and bloating. No calorie food sprays substitute for oil and butter and non-sweetened applesauce for oil in baking. Every little bit helps.
Holiday Weight Loss Tip 4: Chew on Fennel Seeds
Many types of gum, even the sugar-free kinds, are made with sugar alcohols like mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol, which can make your distended feeling even worse. For fresh breath plus a de-bloating benefit, nosh on fennel seeds instead.
Holiday Weight Loss Tip 5: Eat Your (Leafy) Greens
Low in calories and packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, greens are essential to jump-starting any eating plan. Dark, leafy greens are hands down some of the best things you can eat. Many nutritionists’ pick kale, because of its versatility. You can stir-fry it, blend it in a smoothie, or make chips out of the leaves.
Holiday Weight Loss Tip 6: Add Artichokes to Your Plate
Artichokes are a great fat-busting food. Low in carbs and high in fiber, these spiky globes also take a long time to eat, allowing your body to register when you’ve had enough. Try sprinkling lemon juice and olive oil over steamed artichokes for a simple and sophisticated side or appetizer.
Holiday Weight Loss Tip 7: Be Extra Mindful of Alcohol Choices
Celebrations and family get-togethers provide plenty of opportunities to toast the occasion, but choosing the right drink can help keep your fat burning metabolism running. Limit yourself to one or two drinks in a sitting, and opt for gin or vodka with a low-sugar mixer. Things to skip: margaritas, the punch bowl, and beer. Eggnog is a definite no.
Holiday Weight Loss Tip 8: Stop Adding Sweeteners
A core principle for detoxing is banishing the sweet stuff. We advise against artificial sweeteners and suggest stevia powder if you must sweeten your morning coffee or tea.
Holiday Weight Loss Tip 9: Avoid Carbonation
If you’re trying to maintain your healthy habits, you’re obviously not reaching for sugary sodas, right? And although bubbly drinks like seltzer or diet soda contain no calories, they still have air, which can get trapped in your body and leave you feeling like a balloon. Now is the best time to return to good old water with lemon.
Holiday Weight Loss Tip 10: Just Keep Drinking Water!
And speaking of water, excuse our broken record-ness, but make sure you’re drinking lots of it. Yes, we’ve said that one or two (million) times before, but you need to do it to keep your body running properly and flushing out lingering toxins.
Holiday Weight Loss Tip 11: Top Off Your Diet With Exercise
Although exercise won’t necessarily make you lose weight right away, some of the benefits include cardiovascular strength, healthy bones, and better sleep and stress levels—the perfect antidote to holiday madness. Your body, mind, and waistline will thank you.