Hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday.  As we enter the holiday season, we are constantly asked, “How do I keep from putting on the extra holiday pounds?”  Well a 91 year old man once told me that people are only fat for one reason, and that is because you eat too much!”  So simple, but it is true.  The easiest way to keep the holiday pounds off is to calorie count.  Most people need 1200-2000 calories per day to maintain their weight.  If you exceed your calorie needs, you store the energy in fat.  The key is moderation, must of us do not eat 10 course meals, or have many parties that have 3-5 different hors devours, main dish, and deserts.  We haven’t even talked about liquid calories that come from our favorite holiday drinks.  So it is a challenge to keep your caloric intake to within your daily needs.   So here are a couple of hints that can help you make it through the season a little lighter.

  • Do not skip regular meals in order to save up for a big dinner or party meal.  You will typically eat twice as much food at the dinner or party than you normally would have done.
  • Eat filling meals high in lean protein and vegatables prior to dinners or parties will make it less tempting for you to go for the second slice of pie.
  • Only eat the amount you can fit on one dinner plate and no seconds.  Feel free to try all ten courses but you can only fill one full plate.
  • Do not skip your exercise programs.  This is the busiest time of the year so plan it out and don’t let your exercise and wellness programs suffer.
  • For every glass of beer, wine, egg nog, mixer, or soda drink, have an 12 oz glass of water following your drink.  This will slow down your drinking and will help you stay hydrated.  Drink responsibly!

Need an little extra help keeping in shape during the holidays contact our Ahwatukee office at 480-785-5415, Phoenix office at 602-955-2229, or Scottsdale office at 480-419-3500 to get set up with a personal trainer.

Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life. –June 28, 1862 Letter to Quintin Campbell, Abraham Lincoln

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