Wellness Wednesday with Sheri: Top Five Ways to Lose Weight Over the Holidays

It is officially holiday season!

That means parties, celebrations, friends and family….along with lots of eating, drinking, preparations and stress. All of this put together can mean a great big weight gain during the holiday season. And, if we are not careful, the brand new outfit we bought for New Years Eve may not fit on New Years Day! Here are some tips on how to stay on track during this holiday season. (Click here for some more great tips).

1. Pump it up. Now is the time to pump up your exercise routine. There are so many opportunities during the holiday season to get off track. By increasing your exercise you will zap off those little bites and tastes that are ending up on your hips.

2. Enjoy your alcohol. Enjoy it, but don’t over do it. Consuming sugary drinks like margaritas, eggnog, and fancy martinis may sound like fun at the time you order them, but you will regret it when you step on the scale. Instead, enjoy low calorie alcoholic drinks like a simple glass of red or white wine, or a clear spirit with a no calorie mixer. Try vodka and seltzer with a twist of lime for a refreshing, low calorie drink.

3. Get naked. Go on the unwrapped food diet.  If it didn’t grow, walk or swim, don’t eat it.  Chemically processed, sugar-laden foods in wrappers will lead to a rise in sugar levels followed by a deep crash and urge for more sweets. Unwrapped foods, in their natural states, release a steady stream of sugar and nutrients into your body leading to feelings of satiety and fullness. Stay out of the trap of eating candy and unwanted calories at those office parties. Remember, the more sugar you eat, the more sugar you will crave.

4. Ignore Menus. When you dine out, don’t even open the menu.  First, consider what you want to eat.  Then, take a look and see if those ingredients are on the menu.  Don’t be shy about asking for a special dish, but be sure to use the waiter or waitresses’ name and begin by asking “can I ask you a question about the menu?” to get their attention.  Speak slowly so they can understand your request, and be appreciative of their help. Restaurants cook up delicious special menus for the holidays but you can avoid being steered by temptation if you decide what you want to eat even before you step into the door.

5. Find the Loneliest Person in the Room. When you’re at a party, find the person in the room who looks the loneliest and approach them.  Not only will you avoid useless calories during a cocktail hour, but you will likely meet someone new and interesting, and you will make them very happy.

Sheri Oppenheimer is a health coach at Sweetgrass Spa in Little 5 Points and the Founder of The 100 Women Project, a healthy social network created by women, for women. To schedule a FREE health makeover session with her ($125 value), call (404) 939-2299 or email Sheri at sheri@100womenproject.com.

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