Here are some Weight Loss Tips for the Holiday Season. Nutritionists recommend these small steps to help avoid packing on the holiday pounds. Thanksgiving is the mother of all diet-busters with the turkey and dressing, giblet gravy, pumpkin pies, whipped cream, and eggnog. However, there’s yet time to take the necessary steps to lessen the damage to your waistlines by shedding a few pounds before the holiday season starts.

Overweight people are inclined to gain more over the holidays, and weight increase during that period by anyone, overweight or not, has a tendency to stick to you.

In the battle of the bulge, it’s often the little things that count the most. Remember, that eating a proper breakfast is crucially important for weight loss. People who skip breakfast have higher BMIs (Body Mass Indexes) than people who eat breakfast. So eat a protein rich breakfast of eggs, cheese, yogurt, and whole grains. Protein helps you feel fuller longer, so you eat less later on in the day.

Reduce the carbohydrates. That doesn’t mean “carb-free”. Carbohydrates are essential to proper diet, just consider cutting your portions in half. We’re definitely not talking starving! But, if you eat a sandwich, make it an open-face sandwich. Do this three times a day, and you could be talking a 450-calorie deficit. That’s real weight loss!

Snacks and snacking can be an important and highly effective strategy in your pre and post holiday weight loss program. If you’re starving, you tend to eat more. Snacking helps “tide you over” between meals and maintains an increased metabolism which burns more calories even in a resting state. Going for longer periods without eating, actually slows your metabolism. You want to keep your metabolism pumped up, but not override it with high-caloric foods and drinks. Low-sugar fruits, like berries are best, and they are loaded with fiber, not a lot of calories – so you can still satisfy your sweet tooth. Melons, with their high water content, help keep you feeling fuller with fewer calories.

Water, isn’t the only drink for people watching their weight. Besides few calories and many health benefits, green tea has antioxidants and vital nutrients, along with the caffeine, that seems to really rev up the metabolism. Two to four cups per day can burn about 50 extra calories. In a year, that’s five pounds. Besides, sipping tea keeps you feeling full and avoid snacking.

Calories from drinks are often “empty” and a waste for those counting calories. Many of the holiday drinks, including the gourmet coffees, can be up to 600 calories. That’s more than two sensible meals. One 12-ounce soda a day instead of two will save you 300 calories a day, and that’s serious weight loss strategy. Drinkers who can cut out the booze for two weeks before the feasting will notice a remarkable loss. If you do drink, try filling your empty hand with something like a reduced calorie, wine spritzer.

A little physical exercise goes a long way. If you’re already benefiting by working out, up the intensity a notch or two. If you’re working out three days a week, add a day, or increase your normal routine by 10-to-15. That’s an easy way to trim a few more calories off the waistline. A few calories here and a few there and when the New Year rolls around, you can stand in front of the mirror without thoughts of rusty razor blades.

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