Monday, December 2, 2013

Is Holiday Weight Loss Possible? YES! 5 Tips for Success

With the passing of Thanksgiving last week the holiday season is in full swing.  The turkey coma has subsided and the Christmas parties and celebrations are starting to fill up our calendars.  It is a time of great happiness and joy as yet another year wraps up but for some it can be a stressful time and a time for gaining weight.  So with all the temptations and stress around, is it possible to actually lose weight during this time of year?  The answer to that question is of course a resounding YES!  Not only is it possible but it can be quite easy with a little bit of fore thought and planning.  Try out a few of these tips to ward off the bulge during this season of temptation:

  1. Do not skip regular meals.  As tempting as it may be to skip out on your regular meals so you can indulge in the bad stuff it will likely backfire and cause you to eat double what you normally would have.  You will only fool your body into thinking it is starving and end up consuming far more than you had intended.  Instead focus on having three smaller meals loaded with lots of fruits and vegetables and leafy greens.  This will give your body what it needs while still allowing you to indulge a little bit with all the holiday goodies.  Remember, moderation is key.
  2. Stay hydrated.  Make sure you are drinking lots of water.  This will help you feel full longer and also keep your immune system functioning properly.  It is especially important to keep hydrated in the winter when we are exposed to all the indoor heated air and cruel weather conditions.  Not only will your waistline thank you for keeping hydrated but so will your skin and hair.
  3. Try making your favorite snack in a healthier version.  This can be a fun experiment that gives you a chance to try out some new foods.  Try swapping out rice krispies for quinoa in a recipe that needs some crunch or try adding honey or agave nectar to your recipe instead of sugar.  Play around with the recipe and find what works for you but most importantly have some fun in your kitchen playing with food.
  4. Maintain a regular exercise routine.  As with any time of year having a regular exercise routine is vitally important to not only lose weight but to maintain good overall health.  This time of year is the perfect time to try and form a walking group or maybe to find a gym partner.  Having a group or partner to exercise with is very helpful in staying motivated and staying on track.  It also makes the word exercise seem a little more fun when you are joined by some friends.  
  5. Practice Moderation.  I know it can be tempting to hit that dessert tray one more time before you head back to your office, and that the cookies in the break room are just calling out your name.  As a person who has an extreme affection for all things chocolate I can understand this temptation but I also understand that a little bit goes a long way.  Moderation is key.  It doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself of the things that are tempting you but it does mean taking one bite at a time and truly tasting and enjoying your treat and walking away once you have had a few bites.

Losing weight during the holidays doesn't have to be a struggle.  If you find you are struggling you could try to keep a food diary to not only log in what you are eating daily but to also work out any feelings you may be experiencing that could be causing stress in your life.  As a health and wellness coach I can also help you reach your goals not only through the holiday season but for the rest of your life.  If you would like to learn more about the types of programs that I offer please check out my website New Star Health Solutions .  I have many options available and work with clients to help them create simple actionable steps that have real lasting results.  It is a life changing experience and a way to create a perfect life balance.  If that sounds like something you want and need to achieve than lets talk!  New Star Health Solutions

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