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Tips to Help Prevent Weight Gain During The Holidays

Published on 12/6/2016
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Holidays are with us all through the year, here are some tips to help prevent weight gain during the holidays.

If you are serious about being a healthy weight, the holiday season can be a challenge, but with good basic eating habits and proper planning, you can handle this.

I'm going to talk about the concept of holidays...all holidays because this challenge is not only for the Christmas season, but for other holidays too.

Now, this first point may surprise you but it is very important...give yourself permission to eat.  I say this because when you deprive yourself, you will feel deprived and have more emotional internal battles trying to stay away from certain foods.  You will find that it really back fires on you.  But if you give yourself permission to eat, then you will not have to fight against this emotional deprivision issue.  You might also find that certain foods lose their appeal..which a win for you!

Planning is so important when it comes to winning the battle of the bulge during the holidays.  You know when the special days are, and that there will be wonderful high fat tasty food there that you will want to have.  So plan to have them, keep the portions small knowing you can have more and use your bodies hunger and satiety promptings to guide you as to when to stop eating.  On a scatle of 1 - 10 you want to start eating at 3-4 and stop at 6-7.  If you get too hungry, you will not be able to stop eating and you might eat so fast that you will over stuff yourself, and if you eat too much, you will feel very uncomfortable.  This is a basic principle I explain, in my book:  "Keep That Weight Off Forever!  Special Notes From a Nutritionist"  

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Taking smaller portions helps alot, because our eyes deceive us.  I am constantly surprised at how portions look small, but are really too much for me to eat.  I save uneaten food for later so there is no food wastage.

Eat small snacks as needed so you don't end up starving yourself.  If you have a party to go to, plan your snack well so you will have appropirate hunger at the right time and be able to enjoy yourself.  The definition of a snack is "a little something to tide you over to the next meal".

Years ago I went on a cruise, noting that people usually gain 10-15 pounds on one of these.  Well I followed the principles I mentioned and only gained 1 pound.  You see, I wanted the clothes that I brought to fit me!  So how did I do that...well I decided not to have that very good looking bun at the dinner meal until the very last day, and I'm glad I did that.  It was soooooo tasty, I know I would have had it daily, and it would have helped me to gain weight.  I also had the evening snack and only had a small portion of things, for example, new foods I wanted to try or foods I wanted to have at that time.

If it's Christmas dinner and you decide to eat until you are stuffed....seriously, the odd day we do this will not undermine your basic good healthy food habit.  So make sure you enjoy yourself.  But, if you make a habit of eating extra, it will show up in weight gain.

This next point might have been lost in the discussion.  On regular days, remember to use good basic eating principles.  Drink plenty of water and eat a good portion of vegtables.  I find people generally do not do these 2 things well enough ;).

Hope this short report will help you during the holidays.  Be well and have fun!!

Renita Lowry

ps...if you want to learn more about good eating habits, I have a degree in Nutrition from the local university and a certificate as a Dietitian.  My passion was helping people lose weight and keep it off, so if you GO Here You will have an opportunity to get my book.

All the best always!!!  R

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