Watching your Weight during the Holidays

Recently my schedule has changed and I’m working during my lunch hour. It’s very new to me because for 20 years I was home by lunch and didn’t have to worry about what to bring with me. Now that I am, I have been trying to eat healthy while at work. I have been bringing salad every day and try to keep busy so I’m not snacking at my desk. I’m hoping this will help prevent weight gain as I’m sitting at a desk for a lot longer than before.

What I’m still worried about is gaining during the holidays. All of the sweet treats, along with the mashed potatoes and other yummy holiday dishes get me every year and then I feel guilty by the new year.  So how do you stop the holiday gain besides just not eating?  Starting now is the key.  A new study on holiday weight gain showed that just being MINDFUL of your weight can stop you from packing on the pounds.

So just weighing yourself regularly and being more aware of healthy choices might help you keep the weight off this month.

Here are a few tips on how to maintain a healthy weight . . .

1.  Eat your meals at roughly the same time every day.

2.  Use reduced fat foods when possible, and don’t eat too much butter.

3.  Take 10,000 steps a day, which is like 60 to 90 minutes of moderate exercise.

4.  Choose healthy snacks, like fruit and yogurt instead of candy and chips.

5.  Read food labels carefully, and check the fat and sugar content.

6.  Don’t heap food onto your plate, except vegetables.  And think twice about having seconds.

7.  Try to stand for at least 10 minutes every hour throughout the day.

8.  Drink more water, less alcohol, and less soda.

9.  Eat at the table, not in front of the TV.  And take your time.

10.  Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

 

Good luck and Happy Holidays!!

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