"Hi Dr. Kilstein,
My goal this year was to lose 30 pounds.
I started on a very strict diet and am sticking to it.
But my problem is the holidays--Christmas and New Years are always big family gatherings with lots of food.
And that's when I have a hard time saying no and not cheating.
How do I get through the holidays?
First of all, kudos on getting yourself on the right track.
But the problem with being on a diet that's too strict is that it makes your desire to cheat that much stronger.
Especially during the holidays.
The average American gains up to 5 pounds during the holidays--
And that weight doesn't just magically melt off on January 2nd.
So here are some ways that you can stay in control over the holidays without torturing yourself:
- Make sure you eat a good breakfast with fresh fruit, whole grains, and protein.
Starting your day full means that you'll be less tempted to munch on holiday cookies and red and
- Try to eat meals on time. Dinner should be before 8 PM, because going to bed on a full stomach can interrupt sleep.
- Keep a food diary to keep track of what you're eating.
- Stick to your healthy, balanced diet as much as possible.
If you're cooking for the holidays, make sure you're using fresh, low-fat ingredients and lots of vegetables.
If you're guests at someone else's house, keep your portions small--especially dessert.
- If your sweet tooth acts up, try some dark chocolate or dried fruit instead of cookies or cake.
- Even though you may be on vacation, don't take a vacation from exercise. I recommend the
Yoga Weight Loss Diet, available here:
- Most importantly, get yourself into a positive, success-oriented mindset using the Physiology of Excellence technique.
Once you set your goals on auto-pilot using this simple technique, you'll be able to "just say no"
to all those tempting (but super-fattening) holiday goodies.
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