The Holidays and Unwanted Weight Gain
By Charles Hopkins
Published 01/2/2008 | Fitness
The holiday season is a special time of year that brings together
family and friends for holiday celebrations of good cheer and lots of
wonderful abundance of food and drinks. There are delicious desserts of
pies and cookies, body warming hot beverages like hot chocolate and
spiced cider, and lavishing meals of ham and turkey along with all of
the fixings. Of course we can't forget those many times of shopping for
those perfect holiday gifts and preparing for the house guests and
parties that tend to send many of us to fast food options for a quick
meal. With all of these things comes something that is very unwanted
during the holidays; that unwanted holiday weight gain.
We all know that this happens, but every year we find ourselves
having to make that dreaded New Year promise to eat healthy and go on a
diet to shed some of those pounds. But is there a better way? Can we
still enjoy the holidays and not have to worry about paying the price
for several months in the New Year? Of course there is no magic pill,
but there are things that you can do over the holidays to prevent those
unwanted pounds to pack on.
My first suggestion is even though the food is delicious and you
want to stuff yourself silly at times, try not to eat to excess. Spread
out those delicious holiday dishes over time and spread out the
pleasure. There is plenty to go around! Enjoy those desserts; just
don't eat many of them!
Secondly, drink lots of water. I would suggest drinking 6 - 8
servings of water daily. You may need to run to the bathroom often, but
you will find that you will be less hungry and not eating as often.
Plus the water will help to flush excess waste from some of those fatty
meals causing less bloating and clogging of those pipes (that would be
the colon for those of you that may be groggy from full stomachs).
Another great idea is to stay active during this typical non-active
time of year. Take walks after your meals and you will be amazed how
much better you feel after. If it is cold, go to an indoor mall and
walk around a few times.
There are many other ideas and techniques you can do to prevent
your waist size from increasing. I would also highly suggest doing a
colon-cleansing program in the New Year especially if you have never
done it before. Doing this will help you lose typically on average 5 -
20 pounds of compacted fecal matter. You body will feel great and
return your energy to levels you have not felt in years. Happy Holidays!