5 Ways 2 Keep Lbs. Off during Holidays

November 19, 2010 by  
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‘Tis the season to be merry and…overeat!  With turkey and trimmings, yams with marshmallows, Christmas cookies, eggnog, and other caloric holiday goodies within our reach practically every day, it is difficult not to overindulge.

Even people who are usually disciplined about their food intake tend to go overboard around the holidays. “Americans typically gain between three and five pounds (and sometimes more) during this period,” says Karen Mones, personal fitness trainer at Houston Area Adventure Boot Camp. “With all the parties and family gatherings, it is easy to forget sensible eating habits. But, the weight you put on in these few weeks will stay with you long after the festivities are over.”

Fortunately, there are ways to maintain your weight during the holidays while still enjoying an occasional splurge. The key, Mones says, is good planning:

·       Avoid the “ugly foods” that are bad for you and your weight. “Stay away from fast foods and anything that’s deep-fried, greasy, full of sugar, or heavily processed. These foods are fattening and unhealthy. That’s a good advice to follow any day of the year, not just during the holiday season.”

·       Before parties “eat a healthy meal or a snack that includes a lean protein. Since protein takes longer to digest, it will help you feel full for much longer so you don’t start grabbing everything off the buffet table – most of which is probably calorie-laden.”

·       Drink 8 glasses of water every day “because it suppresses the appetite and helps the body metabolize stored fat. And keep in mind that we are talking about water, not soda, diet drinks, or alcohol.”

·       Practice portion control. “Sure, you can enjoy turkey, ham, or whatever is on the holiday menu. You can probably have a slice of pie too once in a while. However, use common sense and good judgment in how much you put on your plate and – no second servings! Most people are satisfied with just one serving, so if you don’t feel hungry, resist the urge to eat more than you need to.”

·       Work out! “That’s an extremely important point because exercise will not only help you burn any extra calories, but also keep you healthy and fit. Even people who exercise regularly tend to be less active during the holidays, but try to stay motivated and don’t lose sight of your goals. What kind of fitness routine should you choose? Aerobic exercise will help burn off extra calories, which is an important factor in weight loss and weight management. Resistance training will increase the lean muscle mass and increase your metabolism. Combining all these exercises will provide a very effective workout which burns fat.”

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About Karen Mones, Fitness Expert:
Mones, a certified personal trainer with over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at KarenMones@yahoo.com or 713-408-4709 and is available for media interviews on a wide range of topics related to health, wellness, fitness and the connection between mind, body and soul.

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