The Holiday Season is here. Wow! Where did the year go? This can be a hectic time when we think of others and not ourselves. Giving to others can feed our souls but don’t forget about you. This is also the time when there will be pot lucks, parties, and get- togethers with lots and lots of food. Overindulgence is common. Don’t be trapped into gaining weight over the holidays. You can try convincing yourself that you can lose the weight later. We all know that is difficult and the pounds just keep creeping on slowly. What can you do? Here are some strategies to keep from gaining weight during the holidays
1. Don’t skip meals. Pack healthy snacks in your purse for your shopping trips (like apple and nuts). Keep your trips to 3 to 4 hours at a time so you can take a break and have a sensible meal instead of eating at the mall’s food court. Don’t wait until you are famished to eat because you will only chose high caloric and fat containing food.
2. Drink plenty of water. Remember to bring a bottle of water in your purse as well. This will allow your body to burn the calories more efficiently. All of us tend to not drink enough water. Bringing the water and drinking it will keep you from being thirsty and then going for the high caloric juices at the vendors in the mall. When you are thirsty, the smoothies, and shakes look much more appealing. Give your will power some help.
3. Don’t starve all day so you can eat that one meal. This is soooooo bad for you. For those of you who counts calories, I know you have used this strategy before. Save up the calories and spend it all on one meal. This can cause you to gain weight despite the number of calories consumed. I’d like to tell my patients if you eat only one meal a day, the body sees twice as many calories (half of it you didn’t even eat.) What do I mean? OK. Let’s say you only ate one meal on Thanksgiving. You saved yourself until dinner and ate turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, and one piece of pie. All of this fitting on one large plate. This meal is between 1500 and 2200 calories depending on the plate size and how the dishes were made. Let’s just say you ate 1500 calories. Because you starved yourself all day your metabolism has slowed down and now that 1500 calories feels like 3000 calories to your body because it can’t consume it as efficiently. This is my way of explaining to you how your body change the way it burns food by how you eat your food not just what you eat. Since I do like to eat, I don’t want the body to think that I ate an extra 1500 when I didn’t even enjoy it. So try to eat throughout the day. You will enjoy more food and not gain weight.
4. Eat before going to a party. What?? Yes, eat right before you go to a holiday party. Don’t go hungry. This will only cause you to overeat and eat poorly at the party. Have a small snack (yogurt, string cheese and cracker, nuts, or appples) with lots of water prior to arriving and you will find that you can say no to the "bad" stuff that looks so good. You will give your will power a super boost.
5. Laser liposuction for the Holidays. This strategy is not for everyone. This is a great time to have the quick and easy procedure. For one thing, during the holidays you can get the most value and most of us will have a few days to spare. Not many people are thinking of Laser Liposuction now. Thus, there are many specials being offered. Want to get into that great body by Christmas? You can. Furthermore, people who have the procedure are more likely to lose weight and watch their intake through the holidays. If you are thinking about laser liposuction, then check out the Body Envi Event and Holiday specials.