Your Health: Weight Control
While this feast-laden time of year is certainly not ideal to shoot for weight loss, it is conceivable to at least maintain your current weight. Research shows that people tend to gain anywhere from 1-5 or more pounds during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's.
While this may not seem like that much (given the fact that most of us indulge in loads of cookies, figgy pudding, and many other decadent calorie-packed treats), the problem is that we rarely ever drop that weight. It's the accumulative effect that gets us in the end (no pun intended!). So how can we put the brakes on weight gain?
- Move more. According to a medicine.net article, the National Center for Health Statistics states that most Americans do not regularly engage in vigorous physical activity. If you consider that activity tends to decrease even further around the holidays due to lack of time and cold weather, it makes sense that weight gain occurs. So try committing to even a short amount of time each day for intense physical activity. Throw on a hat and some gloves and take a brisk walk, go for a jog, hit the gym: whatever you enjoy. Just make sure you move each day through the holidays.
- Give yourself permission. Hey let's face it, this time of year is special and we want to enjoy it. When we try to restrict ourselves from eating traditional favorites, it tends to backfire on us and we eat more than we should. Allow yourself to enjoy your traditions. It will likely be easier to stick to your regular healthy meal plans throughout your days knowing you're "allowed' to have some treats at the many holiday parties. There's a lot to be said about food psychology, especially around the holidays. Oregon State University has many tips for healthy holiday eating you can check out here.
- Healthy substitutes. Not every traditional dish can be manipulated to be healthier, but most can. Review your favorite recipes and see where things like butter or lard can be replaced with healthier options like olive oil. There is still 120 calories and about 13 grams of fat in every tablespoon of olive oil, so as far as weight control goes you still need to use caution with its consumption. But other health benefits to using olive oil over saturated fats like butter have clearly been stated in many studies. See the D'Avolio website for conversions when cooking with olive oil.
- Travel with Olive Oil On The Go! You can make healthy choices even when spending hours on end holiday shopping and catching lunch on the run. D'Avolio now offers a specially designed pouch with two travel-sized bottles to hold your favorite olive oil and vinegar. You're able to control your dressing portion and avoid excessive calories and fat grams when catching a quick bite to eat.
At the end of the day, moderation is key. Enjoy the holidays, cherish your loved ones, and create wonderful memories. Take care of yourself and encourage others to do the same. D'Avolio wishes you all a very joyful holiday season and a happy new year!
For more articles on holiday weight gain:
10 Ways To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain