Brampton - The holidays can be a tough time to stick to an exercise routine. It can also be tempting to put aside healthy habits with a promise to get back to "normal" once the new year rolls around. That type of thinking will only sink good intentions. Instead, own up to the fact that the holidays can be hectic and offer some downright delicious treats, then follow these helpful tips from TOPS to get through the next few weeks.
1) Make a plan – It's far too easy to let workouts fall by the wayside unless time is specifically set aside for exercise. If rounds of cocktail parties or family gatherings don't allow for that daily walk, commit to at least 30 minutes of exercise three days per week.
2) Treat yourself – Avoid overindulgence by allowing small portions of the best holiday goodies. Cakes, cookies and pies are available every day of the year so don't use the holidays as an excuse to blow your commitment.
3) Use the smallest plate – One of the best ways to fend off overeating this holiday season is to use the smallest plate available to help control portion size. Filling up a small plate and then seeing it clean tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full.
4) Limit alcohol – Beer, wine and spirits are just empty calories that contribute to fat gain.
5) Drink plenty of water – People often overeat because they mistake thirst for hunger. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water each day creates a sense of fullness and keeps the munchies at bay.
Submitted by Diane Lancaster: I am a long-standing member of Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Nutrition has been a way of life. I successfully lost 30 lbs over 35 years ago and manage to keep that weight in control ever since by eating sensible. Nutrition is all a matter of balance.