Holiday Strategies for Weight Loss

Well, December is here and that starts the season of holiday get-togethers, candy at the office, more lunches and dinners out, more traveling for some and vacations and of course, more stress than normal. Remember, the average weight gain over the Holiday season is 6-8 pounds!  Wouldn’t it be great to fall below the average?

There are a few important things you must remember in order to keep from being in the “AVERAGE”…

  1. Don’t skip a meal
  2. Stay away from fruit
  3. No beer or wine!!
  4. Peanut butter and cheese are too full of fat calories!!
  5. No Popcorn.  It is healthy, but full of carbohydrates and will ramp up your blood sugar level.
Ok. So let’s go over a few strategies that will help you get through this tempting time.
  1. Seek Support!  Let your family and friends know that you are watching what you eat and ask them to be supportive, not derailing.
  2. Be mindful of all the snacking you do, no matter how small.  This includes “tasting” while preparing meals and goodies.
  3. Ask for sparkling water and lime instead of beer and wine
  4. If there is a special holiday food that you will feel deprived of if you don’t have…then take one or two bites-just a taste and you will be surprised how satisfying it is.
  5. Eat more of the salads and green veggies at a dinner party and make the meat a “side dish”
  6. Don’t serve family meals family-style.  Keep pots and dishes away from the table where it’s all too easy to go for seconds!
  7. Learn to “eyeball” the proper serving size that is right for you and stick to them when dining out or dishing up meals.
  8. Make healthy meal choices and don’t let yourself get hungry before you go out to a party or restaurant.  You’ll just end up eating more than you want to.
  9. Physical activity is a good way to burn calories and it makes you feel great before going to a party, and remember to drink a large glass of water on your way out the door! You’ll be less hungry when you arrive.
  10. Have Fun!!!!  Become great at mingling…Become the life of the party!!!

About leisatwatkins

In May 2011, I hit an all time low in my life and an all time high in my weight. I was 199 pounds and the idea of hitting 200 scared me. I had tried every known diet, HCG, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the grapefruit diet. I'd even tried Phen-phen when I was younger and Dexatrim before that. While I'd lose a little weight, I would always gain it back and then more. I knew the yo-yo dieting was not healthy for my body and it was definitely wreaking havoc on my mental wellness. I didn't know what to do and I was looking into taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight. That's when a friend of mine told me his story about losing over 200 pounds without pills, surgery, or starving himself. Not only did he lose the weight, but he kept it off. What did I have to lose? I asked him to share the secret with me. Now, only six short months later, I weigh 140 lbs and am working on losing 5 more. That will put me back to my weight that I was in HS, college, and before I had children. And I've done it with my friend's help as my Health Coach, without starving or even exercising, although I love to walk everyday. I haven't felt hungry at all in this process. How many "diets" can say that? I feel fantastic! I've felt great since the first week on this program. Let me be very clear about this. This is NOT a diet. This is not something you do for a little while, lose the weight, then go back to your old eating habits. This program is a life changing plan to help you eat healthier, make food choices that are tailored to your body, and bring you to a state of optimal physical health. If like me, you are tired of diets that don't work, then let me show you a life style plan that does.

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