Did you know the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can actually lead to long term weight gain? We all know that one of the best parts of the holiday season is the food. We eat things we don’t normally eat and begin to gain extra pounds.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average weight gain over the holidays is only about one pound. That makes you feel pretty good doesn’t it? But if you don’t do anything with the extra pound over time, that one pound, year after year, can become a BIG problem. We think it’s okay since we can hide the pounds under layers of clothes and then start feeling guilty because some of our clothes don’t fit right anymore. Thus we start with all those New Year’s resolutions.
Well, here we are again. It’s a New Year. Let’s try to change our mindset and see how we can incorporate “good eating” and festivities throughout the year without feeling guilty and staying on a healthy lifestyle path.
Try preparing foods that taste great without the fat:
- Mashed potatoes and stuffing – use low fat milk or non-fat sour cream.
- Place frozen fruits (berries or pears) in your punch bowl, with sparkling water.
- Serve non-alcoholic drinks such as apple cider or fruit juices.
- Find recipes that include fruits and vegetables to make your cakes and pies. Search the Internet, cookbooks and magazines.
Don’t attempt to “diet” during the festivities:
- Eat before you go to the party. This way you won’t be tempted to make bad choices because everything looks so good.
- Don’t try to eliminate all fatty foods. You may start feeling deprived and over eat.
- Remember portion control – everything in moderation.
Be realistic about your fitness goals:
- Don’t beat yourself up if you overeat from time to time. Just get right back on track.
- Continue to exercise throughout the year, even during festive occasions. Yes, it’s hard to stay on track when you have a million things to do, but do something.
- Don’t give up. Continue to make lifestyle changes in your diet and exercise on a regular basis. This will help in achieving your goals, it takes time and determination.
There will be times for celebrating throughout the year. However, 2011 can be different. With our new outlook, new attitude, and new approach toward eating and exercising, we can definitely say “HAPPY NEW YOU” and feel good about it.