Jackie Wright: Avoiding the Holiday Five to Seven
Grand Lake, CO Colorado
Every year the average American gains 5 to 7 pounds between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day.
And, while a 5- to 7-pound weight gain does not sound like much additional body weight, the problem researchers in the health and fitness industry have discovered is this weight gain does not tend to be lost post-holidays.
Unfortunately, it is added to the weight gain during the next holiday season, and before we know it, 5 to 7 pounds has turned into 15, 20, 25, and 30 pounds over a period of years.
Rather than succumbing to the weight gain this year, follow the ten tips featured this week to help you cruise through the holiday season and into 2011 happier and healthier. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
• Stay on track with your exercise program and if you have not begun one, now is the time to do it. Don’t wait until 2011 because, often, New Year’s Resolutions do not work long-term.
• Be active. Avoid sitting as it burns few calories and leads to more sedentary behavior. Move your body, through space and time, with purpose throughout the day.
• Weigh yourself once a week, on the same day, same time of day, same clothes on or off, same scale and prior to or following your exercise program. Record the information in a journal so that you can keep track of your body weight during the holiday season and throughout the year.
• Keep a food journal now and throughout the year as it will help to keep you honest.
• Enjoy your holiday traditions and rituals on the day of the event. So many people begin overindulging on Thanksgiving Day and do not stop until New Year’s Day, which is one of the major reasons that the 5 to 10 pounds end up on your thighs and around the middle.
• Eat a snack of 100 to 150 calories prior to attending holiday parties and events. You will feel satisfied when you arrive and generally make wiser choices throughout the party.
• Choose a small plate and those food items that you do not tend to enjoy throughout the year so that it will seem special. Once you have chosen your plate and food items, move away from the buffet table and avoid going back for seconds.
• Drink a glass of water prior to eating and drinking and between each holiday and alcoholic beverage. This will help to fill you up and stave off dehydration.
• Avoid nibbling while preparing food for holiday parties. Eat a snack before you begin cooking so that you are satisfied and less likely to indulge.
• On the day of the special meal, enjoy it, but give away additional leftovers so that you and your family will have a meal or two out of the leftovers, but then the munching is over until next year.
We can enjoy a wonderful time of year and still make wise choices which will lead to a happier and healthier holiday season and 2011.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She can be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net and her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com
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