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Weight Management for the Upcoming Year

By Stephen R. Farris

Besides your birthday -- hopefully -- the next two biggest meals we wait for in anticipation has to be Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Face it. With Thanksgiving you have all of those delicious goodies from turkey, to stuffing, deviled eggs, candied sweet potatoes, potato salad, dressing, and desserts. Oh my, those desserts! And for Christmas there's the ham, dressed up in either pineapple, or caramelized with honey, with all the fixings -- basically the same side dishes and a few extras seen at Thanksgiving -- and it's "oh my" again on the desserts!

The holidays are usually the time period we throw fitness out of the door and tend to add on a few unwanted pounds. That doesn't always sit well with our clothes either, as they tend to become more snug, or not fit at all.

Now I didn't mention New Year's Day, simply because that's a day more for your favorite snack foods since most folks will be glued to the flat screen watching college football playoffs.

However, you can curb the amount of food you eat to keep from gaining too much weight, but at the same time, figure out an exercise routine to help get you in better shape for and during the upcoming new year. So here's a few ideas to help you get started.

Tried and True: Walking

Walking is basically the go-to exercise for nearly everyone mobile enough to do so. You can walk in the morning before breakfast, or different times throughout the day, as long as you're moving at some point. If you're already a walker, then add a few extra steps to your regular routine.

Eat Less at Mealtime

For the older folks growing up, we were taught not to waste food at mealtime. If it was on our plate, we had to finish it, regardless. However, the trick is not to overload your plate, but get just enough to satisfy your hunger. Plus, it doesn't hurt to leave a couple of bites on the plate if you're feeling full. You can always put the leftovers in the fridge and save for your next meal.

Additional tips include:

  • Eating intuitively
  • Cutting down on sugary drinks
  • Keep a food journal
  • Exercise
  • Eat less processed food 
  • Use the 12-hour window method

Remember to check with your physician or local chiropractor before starting any diet or exercise regime. 

If you're seeking help with your back, neck, and joint issues, then take advantage of the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. Drop in anytime -- no appointment is required -- not only for an adjustment that allows you to stand up straight and improve your mobility, but advice on how best to achieve the active, nutritional, and mental lifestyle you need for your overall better health.

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

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