5 Weight Loss Tips to Help Get Ready for the Holidays

With fall here, the coming holidays are just around the corner.  Winter also comes with the need to wear thicker clothing so those extra pounds may sneak up on us quicker than we realize.  In addition, our menus change from summer to winter fare, which can inadvertently lead to weight gain, or make it difficult to lose weight.

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So what is a person to do?  The holidays are already stressful enough without having to worry about diets.  But with some tips and a little discipline, you don't have to pass on parties or deprive your desires.  Healthy eating can be enjoyed, and one of the many benefits that is often overlooked is that healthy eating has a big impact on our mental well being.  Try incorporating some of these tips now to ward off holiday weight gain and to help make the season little less stressful. 

5 Holiday Weight Loss Tips

1. Eat more than salad and less bread.  Bread may taste great, but can easily pack on the pounds if too much is eaten.  Salad, on the other hand, can help speed metabolism and provide energy.  As we get into the fall season, try to incorporate more salads into your daily meals and lighten up on bread and bread products.

One example to help you eat less bread is to swap your traditional sandwich for a wrap, which tend to be leaner with less sugar.  Munch on fresh cut veggies and whole fruits throughout the day to keep metabolism up and begin each lunch and dinner with a fresh salad.  This can help you feel full and may even help your body break down the coming meal much easier.

2. Avoid diet soda. Recent research shows that diet sodas are not helpful to any weight loss program. In fact, one study from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio showed that dieters who drank diet soda on a regular basis had 70% larger waistlines than those who didn't. Another study showed diet sodas raised blood sugar in diabetes-prone mice.

3:  When you are thirsty, have a detox drink instead. These can help you flush fat instead of packing weight on. Try water with fresh lemon juice squeezed into it. Drink green and herbal teas. Add some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice to your water. This is one of the easiest and healthiest changes you can make.

4.  Exercise just a little. If you are used to exercise, then keep at it. Strive for at least 30 minutes a day if you are trying to lose weight and if your health permits. If you are not used to exercise and you hate even the thought of it - start small.

For many, a mindset of exercising 10 minutes at first helps one ease into a program.  If you are busy then 10 minutes is better than none.   Some options to exercise include DVD's that boast 10 minute exercise routines for those short on time or simply not used to exercising.  Jogging, biking or walking are easy and inexpensive and rebounding can make exercise fun.

5.  Have your treats and stay healthy, too.  Practice making fun snacks that look amazing but have healthy ingredients.  Take yourself out of the mindset that fun foods are junk foods by making raw food treats that swap fattening white sugar for nutritiously sweet dates.  Magazines are rife with healthy holiday treats every season like celery sticks or apple slices with almond butter.  Collect magazines and online recipes and you might surprise yourself at how fun healthy holiday eating can be!

Bonus:  And lastly if you do step out of your plan, don't beat yourself up; just enjoy the treat and get right back on track because it's what you eat most of the time that counts.

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