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How to Stay Healthy & NOT Gain the Holiday 10 Pounds

 

By Dr. Stephanie King

So you splurged and cheated and ate foods that you normally would never eat; that doesn’t mean you have a license to eat whatever you want over the next six weeks. If it’s just one day of overeating, you can forgive yourself for it, even Dr. King has one bad day we all do we’re only human. Health experts recommend moving on, and being careful over the next few days of what you eat, and squeezing in enough exercise, could detoxification supplements, to counteract your overindulgence.

Before the Main Event:
Don’t go to the CHRISTMAS dinner hungry: we often eat faster and more when we are hungry – therefore eat a wholesome breakfast and lunch on the day to avoid overeating at dinner time.  I also recommend drinking plenty of water, water has 0 calories and fills up your stomach.

Appetizers:
Think lean protein: shrimp, barbequed (not fried!) wings, and cheese. Reach for whole grain crackers, and raw fruits and vegetables.

Main Meal:
Christmas dinner is not an all-you-can-eat buffet: Fill your plate half with vegetables, one quarter with a lean meat and the rest with a starch of your choice. Eat slowly and stop when you are full.

Choose white meat turkey, as dark meat has a higher fat content. Baked sweet potatoes are a better option than buttery mashed potatoes.

Side Dishes – watch your portion size: go for smaller portions. This way you can sample a few different treat items is so desired without the guilt. Moderation is always the key.

Dessert:
Enjoy the inside of pie! Eating healthy does not have to mean total deprivation. Have a piece of pumpkin or apple pie, but only eat the filling. In this way, you will avoid the hard-on-the-system crust.

TO SUM UP:
That’s the biggest mistake people make when faced with a table full of food. They adopt an all-you-can-eat mentality and take a little bit of everything.  Help yourself to smaller servings. Be aware that a single three-ounce serving of meat is the same size as a deck of playing cards. For fruits and vegetables, one medium-sized fruit or a cooked cup equals one serving.  Avoid stuffing yourself, eat until your hunger is satisfied. Pace yourself and wait a few minutes before deciding to get up for a second helping.  Only the turkey should be stuffed at one sitting.

Stay active over the holidays. Along with eating healthy, keeping fit is great for the mind and body, also its a great way to connect with family. Staying active will boost your metabolism, helping you to burn more calories.  Even if youre only working out once or twice a week, its better than nothing. The goal is to keep your weight at the same level come the New Year.

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One Comment

  1. Scott @ Personal Training Certification says:

    Great advice. I like the “only the Turkey should be stuffed” line. Personally, I know I tend to overeat at the big family dinners around the holidays so I at least make sure that I’m eating more of the healthy foods and less of the junk. I’m a sucker fr pie crust so I’ll have to work on that one though. Thanks

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