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!