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Building a Strategy for Health During the Holidays

Mark Neumann

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Holidays derail many people from their weight loss and management goals. Small exceptions frequently snowball into overindulgence and the reemergence of old habits. If you’re concerned about your health and weight over the holidays, we’ve got you covered. Try one of these tips to help you stick to your weight loss goals:

1. Eat Before Holiday Functions

November and December bring a flurry of parties and work functions. This means trays full of food loaded to the brim with cake, cookies and chocolate. Instead of filling up on fatty foods and desserts at each party, consider eating before you leave home. Fill your plate with veggies, whole grains, and lean protein. A satisfied stomach will better help you resist temptation once you arrive at the party.

Another sneaky source of calories are holiday cocktails. Skip the rum punch and stick to seltzer and lemon. When you do indulge, opt for a glass of wine or champagne over cream-based or sugar-laden cocktails.

2. Practice Saying “No"

With the holidays also come well-meaning people who want to derail your efforts. You’ll likely encounter sayings like “it’s a party!” or “live a little!” Everyone’s philosophy is different. Anticipate different scenarios and practice what you’ll say when these encounters arise. The more you practice saying “no,” the easier it will be when temptation hits.

3. Hold Yourself Accountable

One of the easiest ways to add an extra layer of accountability is to weigh yourself twice a week. If you notice extra pounds creeping on as the weeks tick by, you know it’s time to make some changes. If you catch it right away, it is much easier to get back on track.

4. Start Your Day with Some Sweat

Don’t forget the importance of regular exercise during the holiday season. While our social calendars fill, it might be tempting to skip your weekly spinning class or your meeting with your personal trainer, but resist. Getting regular exercise will rev your metabolism and set you up for a day of healthier choices.

5. Find a Buddy

The buddy system can be incredibly effective when trying to avoid holiday weight gain. See if your local gym is holding a holiday weight loss competition, or find a friend that has similar goals. The sense of community will help you keep your health and wellness goals on track.

Holidays don’t have to mean weight gain. Use these tips for a healthy, happy holiday season – without the extra pounds.

Please let us know how we can help on your health and weight loss journey. Dr. Neumann is happy to discuss custom non-surgical weight loss options in more detail during your consultation. Call the office at 734.847.4700 today.