For many of us, the holiday season meant gaining 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  And attempting to get that off in the same amount of time can seem impossible.  Here are some simple tips to get back on track and maintain that healthy lifestyle again.


    • Up the fiber.  High-fiber cereals, grains and breads will make you feel full and give you something to chew on.
    • Eat plenty of protein.  Don’t make the mistake of eating just a salad for lunch – you won’t have the brainpower to make it through the day.
    • Don’t skip breakfast.  You’ll be ravenous midmorning and tempted to gobble a fat-filled snack.
    • Avoid “fat-free” foods.  They are usually chock full of calories and sodium.  Low-cal or low-fat is better than fat free.  Read labels.
    • Plan for snacks.  Air-popped popcorn, raisins, pretzels, or yogurt can help stave off the chips, candy and donuts.
    • Drink lots of water.  Your body also processes noncaloric and caffeine-free beverages as water, adding variety to the goal of 8 glasses a day.
    • Cut restaurant portions in half and order sauces/dressings on the side.
    • Eat slower.  Don’t eat in front of the TV.  Put your fork down between bites.  Take a one-minute break midmeal to see if you’re still really hungry.
    • Stop eating when you’re full. 
    • Pressed for time?  A Weight Watcher’s meal, a Slim-Fast breakfast, or a soy-based bar can keep you on track.


    Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just stay in shape, your daily routine should include these core components:

      1. 20 minutes of aerobics
      2. 15-20 minutes of strength training
      3. 5-10 minutes of stretching


    Set reasonable goals for yourself and you will tend to stick with your regimen better.

    Think positive thoughts.  Evaluate possible reasons why some days aren’t going as expected, make appropriate changes, then forget about it.  We all have off days.

    Remember, you need to make eating healthfully and exercising part of your lifestyle all year round.

Last Modified on January 5, 2010