Weight loss tips for the holidays

With so many food temptations during the holiday season, it’s common to put on some weight. But it isn’t inevitable. There are steps you can take before and during the holiday season to keep your weight in check and look your best.

During the Holidays

  • Get moving with family and friends. Make it a new tradition and part of your daily holiday routine to go for a walk or engage in another physical activity with your family and friends. It might be a bike ride, a run, or a cardio class. Break the habit of hours in front of the TV or sitting on the couch with snacks.
  • Reduce the risk of temptation. If holiday cookies and sweets are part of your holiday tradition, keep them out of sight, to be brought out at specific times. If you don’t see them, you won’t be tempted into unhealthy snacking.
  • Drink plenty of water. When you feel the urge for a snack, have a glass of water instead. It will fill you up and distract you from making an eating choice you’ll later regret. Water is good for your health and your complexion, too.
  • Watch your portion sizes. When delicious food is on the table, it’s easy to overeat. But you can enjoy the flavors without overdoing the calories by serving yourself smaller portions. Think of a holiday meal as a feast of options to be savored in modest amounts, not a feast in the literal sense of an overflowing plate. And skip the second helpings. You’ll enjoy the meal just as much — maybe more — and feel better after.
  • Choose the healthier foods on the table. Satisfy your hunger with vegetables and protein. Avoid the fatty, high-carb foods like stuffing and gravy, or limit yourself to tasting portions.
  • Limit liquid calories. Steer clear of sugar-loaded sodas and other calorie-rich beverages during the holidays. Watch your consumption of alcohol, too, which not only has empty calories but lowers your resistance to other unhealthy foods.
  • Plan ahead. Don’t leave it to chance and hope that holiday meals will include healthy options. If you’re not in charge of the menu, be a contributor, and bring a healthy dish. Look for recipes before the holidays to prepare favorite vegetables in special and festive ways.
  • Practice saying no. Even if it’s only in your head, practice how you’ll respond if you’re offered something to eat or drink that’s outside the boundaries of your weight management plan. Think about ways to say no politely.

Before the Holidays

If you’re trying to lose weight, make an extra push in the weeks before the holidays. Then don’t be too hard on yourself if you gain a couple of pounds during the social events of the season.

If you’re close to your ideal weight but are bothered by diet- and exercise-resistant pockets of fat, consider having a body-contouring procedure as part of your holiday preparations.

  • CoolSculptingTM is an innovative and effective treatment that uses precisely controlled low-temperature applications to reduce fatty bulges. Plan ahead if you want the changes to show in time for the holidays. There’s no downtime after the procedure, but it takes time for your body to process the treated fat cells out of your system.
  • BodyFX™ body contouring is another non-invasive fat-reduction treatment. It uses radiofrequency energy to tighten skin, remove fat, and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Kybella® is an injectable fat-dissolving drug that is FDA-approved for reducing excess fat under the chin and on the neck.

These are all body-contouring procedures, not ways to lose weight, but they can help you put the final touches on the progress you’ve made in managing your weight with healthy eating and exercise habits.

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