Keeping the Pounds off in 2015

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Christmas is over, and if you enjoyed your Christmas, chances are you also gained weight and will keep it on for years to come.  New research has indicated that the vast majority of people who overeat over the holidays are likely to continue carrying those excess pounds for years to come.

A Revelation – The Need for Weight Management

The reason why we retain this weight is that we do not reduce the amount of snack food, even though we may buy more fruits and vegetables.  Researchers at Cornell University also found that families tend to increase the amount of calories they consume for their meals after the holidays. This behavior continues throughout the New Year.

Anyone who has struggled to maintain their weight knows that this is a never ending battle, finding it difficult to control the amount and types of food we are eating.  Some of us may be deceiving ourselves into believing that the foods we are eating are not affecting our weight, because the healthy foods that we eat are in some way counteracting the negative effects of the snacks and junk food.

This behavior continues until we look in the mirror one day, and to our amazement, we appear to have gained weight and some of our clothing no longer fits us.  How did we get this way and how can we stop this?

Monitoring What we Eat

The way to stop this is to be willing to admit that we are consuming too much of the wrong foods.  It would help to monitor everything we eat for one week to understand our bad habits and try to turn the behavior around.  We can enter the foods we eat into an application on Google Play or we can list the foods on an on-line Notebook.  Herbalife has a website, iChange, which is a very useful tool for monitoring our eating habits.  Used under the support and guidance of a wellness coach, it is very effective in helping us to control our weight.

The iChange website is designed to be used throughout the weight loss process.  We can track the food we eat on a daily basis, design healthier meals, and plan exercise regimes to help us stay active.  After we achieve our goals, we can continue to check in and monitor our lifestyles so that we stay on track for healthy weight management.

In conclusion, we can begin the New Year with weight management plans and goals to control our weight with a healthier lifestyle.  It is going to involve some work, but it will be meaningful.

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Game Plan for Weight Management

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With the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, we have a tendency to skip meals, eat between meals or overeat as we go from one store to another and then one party to another, after it is all done.  Helen Bond, a dietitian says we “take in an extra 500 calories a day over Christmas.”

The holidays are festive times where we strive to make food look and taste as appetizing as possible, to the extent where we try to offer everyone’s favorite treat.  Everything is nicely decorated and there is an abundance of sweet and fatty foods which entice us to eat more and more.  For this reason, if we want to avoid gaining too much weight, we need to have a strategy and be more aware of how we are tempted to eat a copious amount of food which is damaging to our health.

If by chance we should overindulge before Christmas, we can always eat a light breakfast the next day.  (A light breakfast does not include pizza!).  Drinking a healthy protein shake instead of eating a meal is one good way to lose the extra pounds.

Therefore, it would be wise to ensure that there is a container of protein shake mix and your favorite fruit and nuts to add to the shake in your kitchen.  It is important to have your favorite fruit and nuts to stir up the desire for the shake.  The nutritious protein shake contains vitamins and minerals which the body needs in order to function properly.

Carrying healthy snacks with us as we are shopping will help some of us to avoid dropping into the local coffee shop or restaurant for a calorie packed snack.  We can carry fruit, nuts, or protein snacks which will help curb our hunger.  James Krieger, a nutritionist says, “ A high protein intake will increase the calories you burn each day by 80-100 calories, compared to a normal protein intake.”

In conclusions, eating more protein will curb our hunger and help to burn the excess holiday calories.