Is it possible to celebrate the season without packing on pounds? You bet! Here are five tips to beat holiday weight gain from Ideal Protein Health and Wellness Coach, Keeley Powell.
The first step to avoiding weight gain over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday is to find someone that you can confide in and refer back to in order to keep yourself accountable. YOU CAN DO IT!
Don’t Be Afraid to Snack
Overindulging is one thing, but a healthy snack here and there is nothing to be worried about! When traveling, be sure to pack healthy foods to avoid the fast food lines. Fueling your body with nutritious food throughout the day will not only keep your metabolism going, but will also prevent you from eating too much during your main course. Never go to the dinner table starving! Lessen your hunger by filling up on carrots and celery before sitting down.
Did you know that most people perceive thirst as hunger? Drinking at a minimum of 64oz of water daily is vital in keeping your body hydrated. To avoid overindulgence in food, drink a glass of water before each meal.
Avoid Alcohol and Carbonated Drinks
Be careful when drinking alcohol or any kind of soda throughout the holiday season. These beverages are a source of empty calories and contain TONS of carbs and sugars. To put it in perspective for you, just one beer contains over 150 calories and a soda contains 250+ calories! In reality, if your mission is to avoid the holiday weight gain stick with water or unsweetened tea as your drink of choice.
Be sure to relax and get an adequate amount of sleep during the holiday season. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year to be surrounded by your friends and families. However, increased stress levels and lack of sleep produce a hormone called Cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone.” Increase in the cortisol levels in your body are known to cause weight gain. ENJOY YOURSELF.
If you are still worried about your current weight, and have not been able to control your weight gain, it might be time to discuss your options with your primary care provider. Overweight and obesity may raise your risk for certain health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes
Call to speak to a personalized health and wellness coach through Coryell Health’s medically developed weight loss protocol. Call (254) 404-2556 to set up a personalized weight loss plan or visit the www.coryellhealth.org to find out more about services at Coryell Health, like cardiac and pulmonary rehab and orthopedics.