Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Pecan Pie

Weight loss is on my mind.

I’m not sure what it is about a big holiday spread that makes people (as in, me) eat ten times what they normally would. We had our holiday luncheon today, and everything looked so good. As I waddled back to my desk, I started thinking about holiday weight gain – more specifically, how to lose it.

First, decrease calories. I’m planning on cutting back every day (with the exception of Thanksgiving, of course!) until after New Year’s. Just 500 calories less a day will lead to weight loss. Since most people gain weight during the holidays, now is a great time to start.

Next, exercise: if your apartment complex has a fitness center, put it to good use! If not, find some time during the day to get out and walk. Even several short walks at a fast pace will help you burn more calories. If it is too cold to walk outdoors, go to the mall! Walk quickly from one end to the other and then back again. Then, if you have time, walk at a more leisurely pace and do a little window-browsing and Christmas shopping.

Drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep are also important and difficult during the busy, party-filled holiday season. Also, keeping stress down will help, so find ways to avoid holiday stress. If hosting Thanksgiving dinner is stressful, ask for help, ask someone else to host this year, or have dinner catered – many families are finding this a great alternative to the traditional holiday meal at home because someone else does all the cooking and clean-up is a breeze. If the shopping crowds are too much for you to handle, do your shopping online.

As the cookies are being baked, the gingerbread houses are being built, and the turkey and stuffing find their way to my table, I plan on sticking to my plan to not gain a single holiday pound – no excuses!

Now, I wonder if there’s any pecan pie left.