Don't Gain Weight During the Holidays
Moving to maintenance makes it easier to join the fun -- and stick to your plan for the long run
The 200-Calorie Strategy continued...
2. Keep moving. Exercise is even more important for maintaining
weight loss than for taking off the pounds in the first place, according to the
successful losers on the National Weight Control Registry. And experts agree
that exercise is essential in helping you cope with stress. Further, getting
regular activity can actually give you more energy to tackle that long holiday
"to-do" list. If you just can't get to the gym, keep in mind that
something is better than nothing. Do whatever you can to squeeze in 10-minute
intervals of activity throughout the day.
3. Weigh in regularly. Checking in with the scale at least once a
week is the true test for maintenance. Remember to do it first thing in the
morning, in your nightclothes, and after emptying your bladder. When the scale
notches upward, that's your signal to cut back on portions or rev up physical
4. Eat plenty of lean protein. Boosting your protein intake with lean
meats, skinless poultry, low-fat dairy, seafood, and beans will keep you
feeling satisfied longer. When you visit the buffet table, opt for these lean
protein choices and complement them with high-fiber grains, fruits, and
vegetables, which also help fill you up for relatively few calories.
5. Have a healthy breakfast. Study after study confirms that people
who eat breakfast end up eating fewer calories throughout the day. Successful
losers never skip breakfast because it powers up the brain, gets the metabolism
perking, and helps you perform any task better.
6. Put it on a plate. It's hard to keep track of how much food you're
eating when you nibble without using a plate. Serving meals and snacks on a
plate will help you avoid the mindless hand-to-mouth munching that can add lots
of extra calories.
7. If you don't love it, don't eat it. This is my golden rule. Why
waste calories on foods that don't knock your socks off? One bite is usually
enough to tell whether you love it. If not, don't worry about waste -- just
leave it on your plate. Use those extra calories for something you love.