(Fort Washington, PA, Tuesday, November 22, 2016) - Later this month, the numbers on your scale will begin a long climb past holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, peaking around New Yearâ€™s Day, according to research published last month as a letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine. Whatâ€™s worse, those extra holiday pounds tend to stick around for quite some time.
Dawn Zier, CEO of Nutrisystem, provides tips to prepare for post-holiday eating, and why it is important to remain as healthy as possible during the holidays.
WELL, IF YOUâ€™RE ALREADY THINKING ABOUT YOUR NEW YEARâ€™S RESOLUTION OF LOSING WEIGHT, THEN YOUâ€™RE NOT ALONE. I THINK WE ALL ARE AND WE ALL WORRY ABOUT WHATâ€™S GOING TO HAPPEN OVER THE HOLIDAYS. SO, THE NUMBER ONE HINT IS DONâ€™T WRITE OFF ALL OF DECEMBER. YOU KNOW TAKE SOME TIME AND PLAN EACH DAY CAREFULLY. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS ALSO KNOWING THAT YOU HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE FOR JANUARY. UP THE ODDS OF STICKING WITH YOUR RESOLUTION BY STARTING TO GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME NOW, AND YOUR PANTRY AND FRIDGE POST-HOLIDAY READY.
FOR MOST OF US, THEREâ€™S A LOT OF TEMPTATION OVER THE HOLIDAYS, A LOT OF REALLY GOOD STUFF, A LOT OF ALCOHOL. SO YOU KNOW, IT COMES DOWN TO PRIORITIZING BECAUSE WE DONâ€™T WANT TO HIT JANUARY AND REALIZE THAT WEâ€™VE GAINED FIVE, TEN, FIFTEEN POUNDS. ITâ€™S NOT THAT EASY TO LOSE WEIGHT. SO, IF WE REALLY ARE CONSCIENTIOUS NOW, MAKE SMART CHOICES BEFORE WE GO TO THE PARTIES, BEFORE WE CELEBRATE IN TERMS OF WHAT WEâ€™RE GOING TO DO, WHAT WEâ€™RE NOT GOING TO DO. AND THEN ON THE QUIETER DAYS IN DECEMBER YOU KNOW, REALLY STICK TO A PLAN THAT IS ALL ABOUT HEALTHY EATING.
FIRST, WEIGH YOURSELF MORE OFTEN. YOU KNOW THATâ€™S REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE HAVE A TENDENCY NOT TO WEIGH OURSELVES IF WE DONâ€™T FEEL WEâ€™RE ADHERING TO OUR PLAN. AND THIS IS ACTUALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME TO WEIGH YOURSELF. EXERCISE A LITTLE MORE, BURN CALORIES SO YOU CAN HAVE A LITTLE MORE CALORIES AT YOUR DISPOSAL SHOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE A TASTE OR A LITTLE SNACK OF SOMETHING. MAKE YOUR PRIORITIES, DECIDE YOUâ€™RE GOING TO HAVE DESSERT OR WINE, NOT NECESSARILY BOTH. AND IF YOUâ€™RE GOING TO A BIG PARTY, ITâ€™S REALLY HELPFUL NOT TO GO TO A PARTY THAT YOU WAIT ALL DAY TO GO TO THE PARTY, SO WHEN YOU GET THERE, YOUâ€™RE ACTUALLY STARVING. ITâ€™S ACTUALLY A BEST PRACTICE TO EAT BEFORE, SO YOU DONâ€™T GO TO A PARTY HUNGRY.
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