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How to Take Off the Holiday Pounds

Posted on Jan 06, 2012 by Kimberly Peiffer

Now that we’ve sufficiently stuffed ourselves with enough sugar cookies egg nog and other festive holiday eats, we’re craving a detox—like, asap.

So we turned to Equinox trainer Jennifer Hogg, who’s helping us get back in our skinny jeans with her tummy-trimming tips.  After all, summer will (hopefully) be here before we know it.

“The average American gains between five and twelve pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s” according to Hogg. ”But there are things you can do to still enjoy holiday feasting without packing on the extra weight.”
Some simple guidelines to remember to take off those holiday pounds:

• Ask for the “skinny” version of any coffee beverage.  It tastes just as good but has less than half the calories.
• Eat sweet potatoes instead of mashed potatoes. (less calories, fat and lower glycemic index)
• Eat green vegetables instead of corn & carrots (lower glycemic index)
• Eat whole grain rolls instead of traditional dinner (butter) rolls
• Eat one holiday dinner instead of dinner at every house (do appetizers at one household, dinner at another, dessert at a third if necessary)

“Weight control doesn’t mean you have to feel deprived,” says Hogg. “Sensible eating with adequate exercise will keep you fit not just for the holiday season but throughout your life.”

Holidays don’t have to be stressful and full of unwanted weight gain.  Try something new and different this year to help keep those unwanted calories at bay. Call it the “one-a-day” holiday survival guide, which consists of the following:

• One workout a day.  Hitting up your favorite gym class is a great way to check this one-a-day off the list. If you can’t make it to the gym, try doing something that gets your heart rate up for a minimum of 25 minutes and creates enough heat to make you sweat.  Most people don’t work out every day on a regular basis. Getting in a 30 minute a day exercise of some type from Thanksgiving through New Year’s will definitely fight the holiday bulge and it will also help to keep stress levels low. Plus, it builds momentum to maintaining healthy workout habits in the New Year.

• One holiday treat a day.  Limit yourself to one cookie, one office treat, one cup of eggnog or your favorite seasonal coffee beverage each day.  You won’t feel deprived and by taking in such limited quantities, you will be able to burn it off before it adds up.

• One “wake up water” a day.  Upon rising, drink a full glass of cool (not ice cold) water. It will help to jump start your metabolism, keep you hydrated and help to flush the system of extra salt and sugar that is found in holiday foods.

• One reflection a day.  Even if you don’t usually meditate, at some point each day, find a quiet place to sit and slow your breathing for about 10 minutes. Take time to reflect on all the positive things going on in your life, and appreciate the joy that the holidays can bring since it’s so easy to get bogged down in holiday drama.

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