Thanksgiving to New Years is a scary time for those who want to lose weight. After all, it doesn't take much to add 10-15 pounds during those holiday festivities. Aunt Jeanie's candied yams call your name, Betty's pecan pie is to die for, and Mom's fantastic glazed ham is a must-have. What can you do to enjoy the holidays without having to eat like a rabbit?
Here are a few things to know that will save you a ton of trouble:
1. The weight on the scale isn't the important number. People who lift weights regularly will weigh more, but have smaller measurements, lower body fat and greater muscle mass. Don't worry if your clothes are loser but your weight is up. Get a scale that reads body fat %, muscle mass %, hydration %. Bone Density % is valuable for those of you who are 45+.
2. Aunt Jeanie doesn't have to know you passed up her candied yams. If she isn't looking, go for the less offensive foods. If she is, take a little bit and play with your food. She will probably think you were getting full while being satisfied that you ate some of what she brought.
3. Keep your weight loss endeavors your secret. People tend to sabatoge those who are trying to lose weight, especially around the holidays. Let them take notice instead. It is wonderful to hear, "Oh, you look great! Did you lose weight?" You don't need to hear, "Oh, how silly! You can afford to eat that!" No, you really can't if you want to accomplish your goals.
4. Eat before you eat. Have a salad at home with a bit of lean meat and a rice cake. When you go to the party, you will be less likely to overeat the tasty treats. Enjoy a small morsel of something you love when you get there.
5. Bring your own offerings to share. Bring a healthy, tasty dish or two to share. Someone else might thank you, then team up with you for the healthier fare.
6. Bust a move! You heard me! Let's go-- to the gym! Get your cardio and weights in together right after a big food affair. Then stay steady with your regular routine.
7. Steer clear! Avoid eating treats in between holiday gatherings. It's tempting, if you hosted the last time, to eat leftovers. Keep high calorie stuff to a minimum and have plenty the good healthy stuff on hand.
You'll look great in the holiday frock and ready for Valentine's Day. May God bless you!