fight the holiday weight: 10 tips from anna renderer

Here are some inside tips that I use during the Holidays! See if you can use some better judgment this Holiday season and avoid any extra weight gain!

  1. Snack on a big plate of veggies before going to a Christmas party or dinner. This will fill you up on the good stuff, and then you’re not starving at the dinner.
  2. When making a plate of food, take a smaller portion than normal and plan on maybe having seconds if you’re still hungry. Plus, this will force you to eat more slowly.
  3. Drink a glass of water between each glass of wine or cocktail. This makes you less hungry and less thirsty for alcohol.
  4. If you’re craving the sweets have just 1 of your favorites and eat slowly, enjoy it completely. If possible, eat half of it and save the other half for later to feel that your sweet tooth can get another taste but without the extra calories.
  5. When making a plate for dinner, fill half your plate with the good healthy stuff (veggies, fruit, salad, etc.) and the other half with a mix of your carbs and protein.
  6. Eat slowly during your meals to allow yourself to enjoy the meal and not overeat! It is about 15 minutes after you eat that your body feels the fullness completely. Eating slowly allows the body to feel its fullness before you’ve eaten too much.
  7. When tempted to have seconds, wait for at least 15 minutes after eating to make a final decision. Most likely you will feel too full by then.
  8. Encourage your family and friends to engage in a nice walk around the neighborhood after dinner. This helps digestion tremendously and will help burn off a couple hundred calories from dinner. If we can do it in Massachusetts 5-degree weather, SO CAN YOU!
  9. Exercise every day! Try and walk or run for at least 30 minutes every day. This is the best way to keep your metabolism running high and to burn hundreds of extra calories!
  10. Before taking a cookie, piece of chocolate, piece of pie, candy, or any sweet, make a deal with yourself…. For every one that you eat, you owe yourself 15 minutes of cardio exercise that day!

Happy Holidays! Anna Renderer, MS