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National Eating Season

November 20, 2013

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We are smack dab in the middle of National Eating Season folks and its getting ugly. For those of you who are not aware what that is that is; it is the period between Halloween and Super Bowl Sunday were all types of bad foods are plentiful and you encouraged to eat a lot of them. This time of year brings an average weight gain of five to ten pounds. So if you already had a goal to lose 25 pounds next year buckle up and get ready to up that number to 30-35 pounds. There are just so many parties, banquets, festivals, and other events its easy for us to say “I’ll wait until January then start fresh.”  This all sounds well and good but according to the University of Scranton only eight percent of people will actually follow through with their New Year’s Resolution and only 25 percent will make it past the first week. One way to increase your chances of successful weight loss is to make small steps toward a healthier lifestyle now instead of waiting until next year.

Here are some ways you can avoid the Eating Season weight gain an get a jump start on your New Year’s Resolution:

1. Exercise. Working out three days a week for an hour at a time will help burn off the excess calories eaten and help increase metabolism.

2. Eat a healthy snack (Greek yogurt, mixed nuts, fruits, vegetables, etc) before an event. Going out when you are extremely hungry clouds your judgment and increases the chances of overeating.

3. If you are attending a buffet or potluck scan the food choices, pick out the ones you want, and then proceed. Going in without a plan increases the chances of overeating.

4. Drink plenty of water. Wines, juices and other beverages contain a lot of empty calories. Drinking a couple of glasses of water in between those beverages can save you hundreds of calories.

5. Use a smaller plate. The smaller the plate the less food you will eat at one time.

Even if you are not as consistent with your healthy habits as you should be right now,you can make small changes during this Holiday Season that can result in maintenance or even weight loss. Adding physical activity to your routine or implementing some of the suggestions above can help you start to develop good habits now and help to turn your New Year’s Resolution into a lasting lifestyle change. Why wait? The best time to start your fitness journey is NOW.

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