Losing That Holiday Weight

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The holidays are full of indulging in traditional meals that consist of fattening foods and specialty desserts.It’s difficult to resist those family recipes that you know you’ll only get once or twice a year. We have all done it and have suffered the consequences that usually come in the form of tighter jeans and an unpleasant visit to the scale. Fortunately there are some relatively simple steps provided by Reader’s Digest’s article, 20 Ways to Lose Weight after the Holidays, that will help you lose that holiday weight.

  1. To feel fuller without consuming calories drink a glass of water.
  2. Keep your goals realistic to avoid losing confidence.
  3. Diets have the ability to make you feel deprived. To avoid this, build in splurges.
  4. Studies suggest the average craving lasts about 10 minutes. Wait before splurging.
  5. Eat up to 5 small meals a day to help keep your energy and burn calories.
  6. Look for healthy alternatives to fattening condiments and sweet cravings (Example: replace mayo for salsa or choose fruit instead of candy).
  7. Eat smaller portions, especially if you go out to eat. Choose to take home doggie bags. Avoid eating snacks straight out of the bag or in front of the TV.
  8. Be careful wary of high-calorie beverages such as alcohol and sodas.
  9. Avoid eating quickly. Eating slowly gives your body time to digest your food and let you know when you really are full. Take time to set the dinner table, enjoy every bite, and relax.
  10.  In order to feel fuller, include more protein in your diet.    

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