Ten more ways to stay fit for the holidays
November 20, 2008
Sixty Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy During the Holiday Season
Second in a six-part series
Last week was the first installment in this six-part series featuring 60 ways to stay fit and healthy during the holiday season. This week, we continue the series with the next 10 tips.
1) When attending holiday parties where a buffet laden with delicious food is available, prepare a plate for yourself, then sit down, if possible, away from the table. Hanging around a buffet table just encourages “nibbling,” which can lead to excess caloric intake.
2) On those special occasions when a meal is served later in the day, eat healthy, lower-calorie meals during the day and “save” a few of those calories for the special meal. Do not, however, skip meals that day.
3) If you are the chef preparing the special meal, keep healthy, low calorie foods nearby, such as celery or carrot sticks, to help avoid eating what you are preparing.
4) If you are on a weight loss regimen, you can continue to lose weight throughout the holidays by avoiding those same pitfalls that created the weight gain initially. Continue exercising and monitoring your caloric intake and you can join the ranks of many who successfully lose unwanted pounds during the holiday season and begin the new year already on track.
5) Focus upon maintaining your weight during the holiday season if you are not on a weight-loss regimen. Choose a specific clothing item that you are wearing comfortably and try it on throughout the season. If it begins to feel snug, get back on track.
6) Choose a weight range of one to three pounds to remain within during the holiday season if you are at or below your ideal weight. Once you begin to creep toward the top of that range, reign in the partying and get back on track.
7) Limit empty calories. Choose nutrient-dense foods that provide you with the energy you need to complete your holiday shopping, greeting visitors and handling stress. Empty calorie foods include simple sugars such as candy, cookies, cakes and pies.
8) Enjoy the many wonderful aspects of the holidays that do not include overindulgence, such as connecting with friends and family, giving to those in need (and there are so many this year particularly), finding that special gift for someone dear to you and taking a walk around the neighborhood to observe holiday decorations.
9) Park as far from the entrance of the mall as possible and walk into and out as well as up the stairs rather than taking the escalator. Rule of thumb ” if you do not have more than five floors to ascend, walk up the stairs, if possible, rather than taking the elevator or escalator. If you cannot manage the stairs, then walk the escalator, especially down.
10) The little things do matter ” remember that one pat of butter is 100 kcal. If you were to eliminate it from your daily diet for a year, you would lose approximately 10 to 12 pounds as long as you do not add another substitute worth that caloric value.
Next week, look for 10 more ways to stay healthy and fit during the holiday season.
” Jackie Wright can be reached at her e-mail address: NSFGL@comcast.net or her blog at skyhidailynews.com.
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