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3 Tips to Avoid Holiday Season Weight-Gain

Posted Nov 13 2009 12:38pm

holidaygainStarting with Thanksgiving , the holiday season gives us reason (or an excuse) to celebrate and indulge.  Some of us are great at managing the amount of celebrating we do, and some of us are not so good.  The worst, however, is waking up the day after New Year’s, dumbfounded as to how we gained ten pounds in a month and a half .  If you are hoping to avoid this scenario , be proactive!  Here’s a plan to help you enjoy, while not overdoing it:

  1. 6:1 Weekly Calendar. Create a holiday event calendar where non-event days are color-coded light blue and event days are color-coded bright red and weeks with multiple events bright yellow.  Events include extended family dinners, work and social parties, and happy hours.  When possible, aim to have no more than one “event” a week…or a 6:1 ratio of healthy days to indulgent days.
  2. Plan for the 5:2 or more Weeks: Weeks that are at higher ratios than the 6:1, can cause us to “blend” one celebration into another, and before you know it, we eat as though every day is a  holiday…with or without an event to attend.  When you have these weeks do the following:
  3. At Events. Indulge with purpose and in the things that are worth it.  Decide want you want to indulge in before the party – alcohol…dessert…chips – so that you can keep yourself in check from over-indulging.  Meanwhile, fill-up on things you know to be healthy, leaving little room for unhealthier foods.  Here is a good order in which to eat:

As you experience the holiday season, enjoy! Don’t obsess about weight gain, just be smart about your habits and choices!

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