How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain – Part One: (don’t wait for the new year)

The average person gains 8-12 pounds between Halloween and New Years. I am going to give you a few simple steps to avoid this weight gain.

Halloween is over so it is time to trash the candy. If it is in the house you are going to eat it. If it is in the office you are going to have to avoid it. If you feel the urge for something sweet try:

  1. Drink 8 ounces of water
  2. Brush your teeth with something minty and drink 8 ounces of water
  3. Chew a piece of gum sugar free
  4. Eat a piece of dried fruit

This month is Thanksgiving. We all have our favorite foods and or desserts. Advice for not over stuffing yourself: A typical person will eat 4000 calories on this day.

  1. Get in your exercise
  2. Eat breakfast
  3. Take all your guests on a before dinner walk
  4. Eat only portion sizes
    • 3-6 ounces of turkey
    • Only 2 servings of carbohydrates (1/2 cup is a serving size)
    • 2-3 servings of vegetables
    • Only one alcoholic beverage (serving size read your labels)
    • Drink water with your meal
  5. After dinner walk
  6. Dessert only one serving (1/2) cup
    • Don’t eat the crust of the pie
    • If more than one dessert is served and you want to taste take only ¼ cup each if there are two. If more than adjust your serving size.

I understand the above information is not always easy to accomplish but ask yourself: Is weight gain what you want or want to avoid?

Habits of any kind take 28 days to form and one time to break.  Once broken you have to start from day one again. For the month of November make it your choice to exercise and portion size your foods.

Food for Thought
Pumpkin pie – ½ serving 120 calories
Pecan pie – ½ serving 215 calories
Apple pie – ½ serving 150 calories
If ice cream is added – ½ serving 83 calories

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