Commitment to health through the holidays

Patty Christopher, MS,PT

Owner

Advanced Weight Loss & Wellness

We love everything about the holidays-except the struggle to maintain our weight (and the struggle is real!). It seems that all of our favorite temptations are suddenly all around us, and many of our celebrations are centered around food.

“There are lots of little things you can do to minimize the impact the holidays have on your overall weight loss and fitness goals,” says Libby. Weight Loss Counselor at Advanced Weight Loss and Wellness. “The things we do normally to lose weight, like increasing our protein and water intake and controlling our portions are especially important this time of year, when holiday food and treats are all around us. But there are a lot of other things to keep in mind, and all of these little actions add up to a big way of controlling weight gain.”

“We like to encourage people to take advantage of holiday-themed events to increase their activity…Go on a Neighborhood Decoration Exploration, organize a walking Christmas Carol outing, mall walk before holiday shopping, park further away from shopping and holiday events, attend outdoor holiday events, take a Christmas Eve family hike and always, choose to walk when possible.”

“And we know that this time of year is special. Its OK to enjoy some of these annual treats; drink a big glass of water first-it will fill you and make you think twice. Put down your fork between bites, chew slowly and use small plates.”

“Mindset is also important. Affirm your commitment to weight loss before you arrive to a function; remember all the reasons you are trying to get healthier. Change your perspective about the event; enjoy the company of others and focus on the decorations, holiday dress, conversations, and activities rather than the available food.”

For more information on preventing seasonal weight gain, go to www.advancedweight.com/blog/25-tips-to-survive-the-holidays.