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Are You Sticking to Your Diet Over the Holidays?

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Does it really matter? How much might you gain?

Here's the good news ... you can chill and put aside your holiday fears of losing all your gains in terms of having been good and eating healthy. At least for now. You don't have to worry about gaining 12 pounds (one for each of the twelve days of Christmas). But here's the key: don't go head (or shall we say mouth) first into the merriment! On average, people who manage their eating only gain one pound.  BUT those who don't can gain up to six pounds during the holidays!

Here are a few tips to make sure those extra calories don't stick and stay 

Don’t “calorie bank” by skipping meals.

This is a common mistake. Folk skip breakfast or lunch, then binge on dinner at the holiday party. Here's the problem --- you go in hungry, you drink on an empty stomach. Voila! The perfect storm. Your mind is numbed and you start binging. Instead, eat sensibly all day long. Then, take in that something-somethin you love at that buffet table, and skip the other stuff.

Rock It Baby!

If you are a "straight-no-chaser" type - make an exception at holiday dinners, parties and gathering. Rock it and add ice cubes.  Ice melts and dilutes a cocktail by creating more liquid. Plus, it'll be longer before you ask the bartender to pour you another one. Use soda water as a mixer for liquor. Check this: a cocktail with liquor and club soda is only about 100 calories.  And don't be ashamed to add ice cubes to bubbly. In France, it's called a piscine. Très chic. Très cool.        

Count Your Chews!

That mile-long spread at the office banquet is ground zero in the war to not gain weight. So here's your battle plan: Think of every one appetizer on your plate as having around 60 calories a bite. One more time: per bite.

Now, think of a sensible dinner as around 1200 calories. Then do the math. If you load-up on appetizers you will increase your calorie intake.

Tell Auntie Nadine “No”  (But with a smile!)

Surely, she makes the best sweet potato pie this side of heaven. And if you say no, she might confiscate your family membership card. Here's what you say when she's pointing at the pie and staring you in the face: "Thank You Big-T. I'll get a slice in a minute. Let my food from dinner settle." Then go back in the room where everybody's playing Bid Whist, Spades, Monopoly, or whatever game y'all play. (She'll forget. And you can go back and slice you off a little slice that's just the right size later.)

No Wonder the Gym is Empty!

According to a recent Gallup poll, the percentage of people who exercise regularly is lower in December than at any other time of the year. Duh. So don't beat yourself up. Or - take advantage of the ease of scheduling a class or getting your favorite equipment. No lines. No waiting. Otherwise, do stuff that will make you look kinda crazy - but still keep you in check. Speed walk with your grocery bags to your car. Do arm extensions and flex when you run the vacuum. Do squats to pick up toys and ornaments that fall from the Christmas tree to the floor. Be inventive!

Stay Fancy. Keep It Sexy!

You know you want to look good in that holiday outfit. Put it on every day! That will give you motivation, sho'nuff. And weigh yourself every day. Thing is - this is not to make you skeerd - it's to keep you on target. Sexy does it every time!