Hello Loyal Soup People! Right before Thanksgiving, I provided some tricks to stay healthy during the holiday season. While everyone jokes about overindulging during this time of year, the consequences of holiday weight gain can be pretty serious. The truth is, most of us don’t lose those extra two or three pounds that we gain during this time of year. Over the course of 20 years, that can add up to 40 or more extra pounds. The older we get, the harder it is to lose weight. So, it’s better to focus on not gaining weight in the first place! So, here are a few MORE tips to help keep your weight in check this time of year.
– Keep an eye on your alcohol consumption. Beverages – especially alcohol – are the sneakiest culprits when it comes to weight gain. Drinks don’t fill you up, but are full of calories. Also, after a few glasses of wine, we lose our will-power and end up having an extra serving (or two) of dessert. Try to alternate between wine and water when drinking. Have a glass of water after every glass of wine. Not only will you consume less alcohol and calories, but you’ll feel much better in the morning!
– Up your exercise. Why wait until January 1st to start your new years resolutions? A lot of gyms offer discounts and specials this time of year. Rev up your metabolism and burn more calories during the day to help compensate for the extra ones you are consuming at night.
– Go plant based! Make the side vegetables your main course, and you’ll consume many fewer calories.
– Vocalize your intentions. Let people know that you are trying to stay healthy with your eating and drinking choices. Not only will you find support, but people might be inspired to join you!
Happy Hannukah, everyone!