Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

I gained 5 pounds last year but also worked out and gained muscle.  However I am worried the same might happen this year so here are some more tips of avoiding the holiday weight gain:

  • Tackle the buffet table with a plan. “Always survey the buffet table first and then get in line with your plate and choose the things you really want, including healthy choices,” Gans says.
  • Position yourself away from the hors d’oeuvres. “Stand away from the hors d’oeuvres,” Gans advises. “If you’re near them, you’ll eat one. If you stand away from them, hopefully you won’t.”
  • Have a snack before you go to a party. “Most people, knowing they’re going somewhere, will not eat during the day, saving up their calories,” she says. “That’s a nightmare waiting to happen because you’ll end up eating too much because you’re so hungry.”
  • Bring a healthy dish with you. If you’re going to someone’s home for a potluck or buffet, bring a low-fat, low-calorie offering. “Be the one who says, ‘I’ll bring a vegetable,’ or ‘I’ll bring a salad,’ ” Gans says.
  • Engage in the leftover battle. If you’re at someone else’s house, don’t leave with leftovers. If you’re throwing the dinner party, send everyone home with leftovers.
  • Talk at parties, rather than eat. Gans encourages party-goers to “use the time to catch up with friends and family, not just to eat food.”
  • Keep up your normal exercise routine. You’ll be able to relieve holiday stress, burn excess calories, and avoid weight gain.

Above tips from EverdayHealth.com.

Here are some of my tips. 

  • Holidays are about eating holiday food.  Avoid the generic boxed chocolates (Turtles, After Eights, Pot Of Gold) so that you can have a Christmas cookie or dessert.
  • Enjoy a few hors d’heurves (shrimp, veggies and a great dip) instead of chips.
  • Ditch the juices, pops, cider, eggnog and have water.  This will cut the liquid calories and keep you hydrated and digestion flowing.  Also helps with bloat.  Try to avoid alcohol too.  If you do have a drink, try to imbibe only once.
  • Try to stay healthy at breakfast.  Enjoy a full-on bacon, eggs, hashbrown brunch at least once, and fully enjoy it without guilt.  However, don’t eat like that every morning.  Bacon, sausage, buttered toast, dessert-style pastries, juices etc. all add up on calories and make you groggy the rest of the day!
  • Get some exercise.  It doesn’t have to be a full-on hour.  Take a walk..it may be snowing but usually when it snows it’s warmer (warmer when the sky isn’t clear).  Do 5 min of yoga or stretching.  Play with the kids.  Do something!
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Everyday Health App

I saw this this morning and immediately downloaded the app. 

  • Medically reviewed information on 50 top health conditions
  • Expert answers from doctors and pharmacists
  • Mom-approved remedies for everyday aches and pains
  • Nutrition facts on hundreds of snacks – salty and sweet, healthy and sinful

Click here for the app.

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4 Reasons Woman Gain Weight

On CNN.com:

  1. Thyroid problems
  2. Out-of-whack hormones
  3. Medications
  4. Certains food

Click here to see how they cause weight can and what to do about it.

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Burn More Walking

I started doing little mini-bootcamp sessions at home to get a little calorie burning in.  I was taught to do intervals and seen the difference it can make in just 2 sessions per week.  So when I came across this I wasn’t surprised.

“In this form of exercise, you alternate bursts of fast, intense walking with periods of slower and less-intense walking, which allows your body to recover. In fact, by doing interval walking for a mere 20 minutes every other day, you can shift your metabolism into high gear so that you burn more calories and fat in less time than if you were working out at a steady pace.And there’s a bonus: With interval walking, the higher the intensity of the exercise, the longer the afterburn; that is, you will continue to burn more fat and calories even after you stop exercising! Below are seven tips to help you get the most out of your interval-walking session.”

To view the tips, click here!

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Weekend Weight Gain

According to EverydayHealth.com, people consume an extra 200 calories a day on weekends.  I don’t doubt that.  I’m home more, and therefore have access to food more often.  I also indulge in wine and dessert and dinners.

How to avoid the weekend weight gain?

  • Share that fudge sundae with your spouse, friends or kids.
  • Go for tiny tastes, like a mini-cheesecake instead of an entire slice, or a single square of chocolate instead of a whole bar.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast to control your appetite.
  • Eat more whole grains, fruit, and veggies as your day gets started so that you’ll feel full longer and feel satisfied with small splurges.
  • Split an entrée or skip the bread basket when eating out, especially if you want a taste of dessert.
  • Limit your alcohol — drink water or another calorie-free beverage between drinks — or apply those calories to a food you’d enjoy more.

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Ab Lounger (Ab Lounge)

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I am wondering if using an Ab Lounger will provide a good exercise on the days that I am not riding a bike or walking to lose extra weight?

A:  The Ab Lounger — a piece of exercise equipment regularly advertised on television — uses resistance training to create a “fancy” sit-up that helps to tighten and tone abdominal muscles. It is not going to burn a significant amount of calories, however, and thus does not significantly contribute to weight loss.The Ab Lounger is NOT a substitute for bike riding, walking, or other aerobic activities that burn calories effectively. To lose weight — and more importantly, keep it off — you need to exercise at a moderate intensity for about 200 to 300 minutes per week. Walking and bike riding are two great examples of moderately-intense exercises.

 

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IWMSB Top 10 List

Here’s some advice I got from EverydayHealth.com:

Make a Top 10 list. Most of us roll our eyes when someone suggests counting calories. Frankly, who has the time? That’s why Seyler recommends an easier approach. “Take some time to learn the calories in the top 10 foods you regularly eat,” she says. “After you master those foods and amounts, expand your base knowledge at your own pace — 10 per week or 10 per two weeks.” This will allow you to stay on track without all the tedious counting.

BadFood_Full

So I decided to make my top 10 list – but of bad foods I eat somewhat regularily.  Here is goes!

  1. Carrot cake, 490 a “serving” so I’d say at least 600 calories
  2. Taco Villa Burito (no nutritional menu online)
  3. Thai Express chicken eggplant stirfry over white rice (no nutritional menu online)
  4. McDs, fries, chicken sandwich or burger, with diet coke
  5. Chocolate milk (1 cup 170 calories)
  6. Caesar salad (light 90 calories per serving, regular 150 calories per serving)
  7. Chips (240 a bag of Lays BBQ)
  8. Beer (150 a bottle)
  9. Wine (90-150 a glass)
  10. Peach Martini (258 calories..Yikes!)

 

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I’m Still Hungry After I Eat!

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: Often when I’m finished with my meal, I still want to eat more. What can I do?

A: One strategy to increase satiety during meals is to make sure you have included plenty of high-volume, low-calorie items to fill up your stomach without filling up with calories. For example, load up on fruits and vegetables (as found in salads), low-calorie vegetable soups, and whole grains.Another strategy involves mindful eating, where you slowly eat each bite and savor it. Many people have found this helps them get in tune with their feelings of fullness for the first time in ages.

If you still have a problem with appetite even after trying these strategies, you might want to seek help from a weight-management specialist….to see the rest of the answer click here!

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Question – Low Glycemic Index Diet?

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I am 45 years old and have always been a health-conscious person who exercised regularly. However, when I reached 40 I started gaining weight, no matter what I did. I have been trying to lose these last 15 pounds, but find it’s hopeless no matter what I try. I have been reading a lot about the glycemic index diet; however, a lot of the foods mentioned go against a low-carb, high-protein diet. It also says that foods like brown sugar and brown pasta are bad. Who do I listen to? What are some suggestions for someone my age?

A:  A low glycemic index diet just means that the foods you choose do not raise your blood sugar levels too high, too quickly. There are foods on this diet, including sugars, white breads, and pastas, that you should only eat in small quantities. This diet is very similar to a low-carb, high-protein diet except that a low glycemic diet is going to recommend more whole grains than a low-carb diet. If I had to pick, I would definitely choose…To see the rest of the answer click here!

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