The holidays are almost here. With this new season often comes weight gain that never goes away. Multiple studies have found that every year, around the holidays, Americans gain 1 lb that we never lose. This is bad news for anyone attempting to get fit and healthy.
However, you can overcome this issue. The holiday season from November through December is a high-risk period for anyone trying to lose weight. But “high risk” does not mean you have to give up and give in to temptation. Instead, the holidays are the perfect time to refine your weight-loss strategy and become vigilant about your diet.
What is the Most Effective Weight Loss Strategy?
Traditionally, both diet and exercise have played an active role in weight loss. However, studies have shown that diet counts more toward shedding pounds than exercise.
Many people have taken this information to mean they don’t need to exercise at all. Nothing is further from the truth. While you certainly may not need to exercise to lose weight, if your goal is to be healthy and look great, exercise is a vital part of your overall plan.
However, cutting calories is the most rapid method of losing weight. Here at Change for the Health of It, we concentrate on helping those on our weight loss program cut calories and drop pounds. Part of the calorie reduction process can mean people have little energy and feel “hangry” throughout the day. We utilize a proprietary formula for preventing this phenomenon.
One of the many elements in our proprietary formula is consumption of vitamin B12. This vitamin has many health benefits, from supporting metabolic processes to increasing energy. Utilizing this and other vitamins, minerals, and herbs can help you maintain your energy as you diet, allowing you to exercise as well.
Five Effective Dieting Tips for the Holidays
The holidays are a tough time to stick to a healthy diet. There is sugar everywhere, tons of food as well as food-based holidays. Here are five tips for sticking to your diet, even though the holidays are coming:
- Maintain your food diary. Food diaries are a great dieting tool. They help you keep track of what you’ve been eating and contribute to keeping you honest. If you have a particularly bad day on your diet, your food diary can help you understand what made it so rough. This information helps you and your health coach evaluate how to stop you from becoming tempted to break your diet in the future.
- Stay accountable. People hire health coaches for two reasons. First, coaches help people use effective dieting practices and stay healthy during a diet that they have not previously utilized. Second, a coach keeps you accountable for your dieting actions. It’s easy to slip up when there’s no one to report to, but when there is someone that you must inform about your slip up, more thought goes into what you are eating.
- Do not binge. Thanksgiving, holiday parties and other holiday meals all encourage binging. There is just so much food available and so many courses. Instead of eating everything on the table, pick a small portion of each item that you want to munch on – leaving room for a little dessert.
- Keep up your diet and exercise routine. Too many people starve themselves all day so that they can justify the sheer volume they eat at night. Do not fall into this trap.
- Bring some healthy food to the table. Healthy food is delicious too and deserves its spot at the holiday table. Instead of green bean casserole, how about just making baked or boiled green beans tossed with a bit of olive or coconut oil? Instead of apple pie, make baked apples with cinnamon and a little brown sugar. Instead of regular ice cream, make homemade frozen yogurt or coconut milk ice cream. Who knows, shaking things up at the holiday table may come as a relief to all of your holiday guests.
If you would like more information on weight loss, be sure to attend our “Why Can’t I Lose Weight” class at Oregon City’s Curves. It’s on September 20th. Or, just give us a call and find out how we can help! We have an effective weight loss program which has helped many professionals – even physicians. Find out more right here.