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Plan for Getting Through the Holidays

By Stephen R. Farris

You're almost bound to gain a few pounds during the holiday season of November and December. Really, who among us can say no to the barrage of sugar-laden treats that are offered up so freely at work and social gatherings? And with all the extra things going on during the holidays, maintaining that routine in our lives that helps us exercise and burn off a few of those calories -- not to mention the extra calories -- can be difficult too. When it's time to put 2019 behind you, what can you do to get back into shape (understanding it's best to not get out of shape in the first place)? 

Cut the Carbs, Not the Fats

Sounds weird but a study by Johns Hopkins research teams showed that a group that dieted using a low-carb diet lost about 10 pounds more than another group on a low-fat diet. 

I'm Not on a Diet

Just mentioning the word "diet" can have a psychological effect on us. So instead of diet, try substituting that word for "meal planning." Sure, it's basically the same thing. However, learn about foods that are good for you and that can contribute to your weight loss program. Plan out meals ahead of time for the week, or month even and stick with it.

Burn Baby Burn

We're not talking "Disco Inferno" but excess belly fat is slow to burn if you're not keeping on the move. With any weight loss program, exercise is important for our bodies, especially when it comes to getting rid of that hefty midsection.

Pumping Iron

Besides doing aerobic exercise, you might try incorporating weight training into your routine as well. Lifting weights can help build muscles and keep them maintained. It's also an added tool to your arsenal in burning calories too.

Take a Closer Look at Labels

When shopping, look closer at those labels. You might think a product is good for you and can be added to your diet, but a lot of them have more sodium, carbohydrates and other ingredients that can be counterproductive to what we are trying to accomplish. Also, stay away from processed foods. Instead, keep with items like fresh fruits and vegetables, and meats such as chicken, fish and beef.

The Scale Don't Lie, But Neither Do Your Clothes

One of the first things we normally do when it comes to losing weight is to see how much we have lost. Sometimes we feel we may have lost a lot, but the scale says only a little. The best measurement is clothing. You know you're getting good results when your clothes start fitting looser than they once did.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Vacaville, Calif.

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