Monday, 17 December 2007

3 Tips on How to Survive the Holidays

This is it. We are about to hit the busiest time of year for parties, dances, reunions, family gatherings and all around general fun.

So what is your strategy for making it through the season?

I have a few tips for everyone that will help keep you on pace to continue to lose weight this time of year.

1. You actually have to exercise a little restraint. Eat well, often but monitor portion sizes. It has been noted that green tea will help energize you and some almonds for a snack, with its extra fibre, will help keep the cravings under control. Fibre helps trigger the satiety reflex that tells you that food is not immediately needed.

2. Avoid the Cardio Crutch. Jumping on the treadmill for a couple hours after the big meal is not helpful. The body does not work that way. It does not reflect the on-calorie-in-one-calorie-out thought that some fitness gurus profess. You've got to believe me on this one. The year I spent consulting at an Eating Disorder Clinic made this abundantly clear. Be active, yes, but don't have it take over your fun and frolicing.

3. Fun and frolic. Let's not forget that taking the time to relax, blow off the stress that accompanies this time of year, is a good thing. We will be crammed into small spaces with a lot of people we haven't seen in a very long time. Sometimes for the better. So take advantage of the fun, relax and de-stress. Make this a priority.

4. And a fourth one you know all to well. Exercise. Take 10 to 15 minutes, each day, to keep your metabolism boosted. Get up 20 minutes early, take 3-4 minutes to wake up, exercise, then get ready for the day. Your body will react to the effort in this short period of time, especially if you have been a regularly active before this. Expecting a Christmas Miracle if this is the first time you've worked out this year is unrealistic.

Happy Holidays to all. Have a great one.

In health,