Nov 292008

By: Carrie Kukuda, The Someday Coach

Beat the average American weight gain of 7 lbs. from Thanksgiving to New Years Day

The average American gains 7 lbs. during the holidays. It comes at no surprise with all the food temptations & parties galore. Here are some tips to beat it.

1)    Don’t go hungry to a party; eat something before you go. Bring a dish that fits your health needs, which you like and you know you’ll eat guilt-free.

2)    Don’t stand or sit near the food. Mindless eating occurs every time. Move it or move you. Throw away your plate when you’re done and chew gum or hard candy to help you stop.

3)    Drink a big glass of water before eating, it helps fill you up. Scope out the table for the foods you have to have, choose smaller plates, and take a little of each. You can always go back for seconds. No picking! Be a food snob; if you don’t like something don’t eat it. Why take in the extra calories. Use caution with gravy and other high calorie foods. One slice of Pecan Pie with whipped topping is 800 calories, stuffing with gravy is 600 calories, and a cup of eggnog is 400 calories.

4)    Decide how many drinks you are going to have before the party, choose light, and alternate between an alcohol beverage (if you drink) and water (same goes for soda). This cuts out 100’s of calories and you still have your cocktails and soda treats.

5)    Tighten your belt and don’t loosen it and wear snug clothes. This leaves no room for overeating or a very uncomfortable day or evening.

6)    Only take home leftovers if they are healthy ones. You had your treat!

7)    Exercise the day of and the day after. Not to mention, when with friends and family find activities to do, which create movement.

8)    Have the treats it you have it only once in while; take a small piece or split it. Eat it slow, really taste it. If you end up eating too much, don’t beat yourself up. Do better the next party and keep your goals close at heart.

Use these tips and you may be able to keep your weight at bay.

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