Studies show most people gain as much as eight to 10 pounds from holiday
Zaidman-Steiger, Director of Behavior Education and Nutrition for L A
Weight Loss Centers offers the “Top 10 Tips for Shedding the Holiday
Weight,” to help get Americans on track with weight loss for their
Don’t cut calories too drastically — eating too few calories
can slow down your body’s metabolism, remember you have to eat to
lose; it’s about eating the right balance of foods and calories for
Pick up the pace for the new year — getting active doesn’t
have to only mean heading to a gym, it can also mean just burning some
more calories each day — cleaning the house, shoveling snow or taking
a brisk walk before breakfast are easy ways to get moving this year.
Fresh foods are best — tossing away excess pre-packaged foods and
head straight for the produce aisle; fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins
and grains are best when you are trying to shed those excess pounds. Try
heading to the grocery store at least one time per week to keep your kitchen
Keep a journal or diary — include the specific foods consumed, beverages,
servings, time, activity each day and feelings, such as hunger, sadness
or boredom. This will help you stay in tune with your eating style and
Start eating breakfast — even if you do not enjoy eating before noon,
try to get in a little something, it can be oatmeal, yogurt and wholegrain
cereal or an egg white omelet to get the day and your metabolism started.
Then try eating small meals throughout the day to help keep your hunger
levels down. It will also help prevent overeating at lunchtime.
It is not all or nothing — you are going to have meals or days that
don’t exactly fit into your new, healthy lifestyle — this is
reality. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Small portions please — If you want to eat something that doesn’t
exactly shout low fat — then try a small sliver or a couple of bites.
Some foods have small, individual varieties or you can portion out servings
on your own using small bags or Tupperware.
Watch what you are drinking — whether it is soda, juice, or alcohol
- the calories add up. Do yourself a favor and choose water or low calorie
beverages. If you replace your three cans of regular soda each day for
water, this can mean you can lose up to a 1/2 pound per week, in addition
to all your other efforts!
Get your family and friends on board — having a solid support network
is very important when trying to lose weight and keeping it off. It is
always better to have someone to cook with, eat with or walk with. It will
help to keep your motivation levels up so that you stay on track this year.
Get cooking — Eating out and on the go can mean eating lots of hidden
calories from fat and sodium. So this year, try cooking easy meals if you
never cooked before. Cooking over the weekend can help you pre-plan for
the week. Experiment with new herbs, seasonings and foods to help keep
your taste buds delighted and your waistline down.
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