Controlling Weight During the Holidays
It is the holiday season. With all the parties and merry going, how can you resist the temptation to over-indulge and keep within the carefully charted weight control program? The following tips from USDA dietitians can help you navigate the caloric minefield.
Even if it's traditionally a time of struggle for you diet-wise, try not to think of the holiday season only in terms of don'ts. (It may make you feel depressed and then eat to compensate!) Concentrate instead on following these nutritional guidelines from the Center for Science in the Public Interest:
Another essential component for a successful management of your weight during the holiday season is exercise. Technically, if you burn the calories you consume, you cannot pick up any weight. However, this gets tougher as you get older. Your metabolism slow down over time and burn fewer calories. So, older people needs more exercise than their younger counterparts -- so don't quit exercising during the holidays. You need it more at this time than at any other time. Exercise burns calories and also lessens stress, which commonly leads to overeating.
Donít be too harsh on yourself in case you overindulge in the spirit of the season. Formulate a solid strategy on how you're going to eat during the holidays, and if you do overeat, don't be so disappointed with yourself that you give up your positive eating habits. One day of overindulgence won't ruin your health or body permanently. Even if you make some mistakes during the holidays and pick up a few pounds don't despair; you have plenty of time to lose the extra weight and you'll have one resolution ready to go on New Year's Eve, like millions of others: lose those pounds!
(Source: USDA, Center for Public Interest)
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