Tips to Drop Holiday Pounds

It’s easy to gain weight over the holidays, but it’s much harder to try to lose it in January. Here are some tips to help you get rid of those holiday pounds:

Plan your meals: It’s difficult, if not impossible, to lose weight without a plan. Plan your meals in advance and go grocery shopping with a list so that you have the right foods in your house. Prepare foods in advance and pack a cooler with lunch and easy snacks.

Reduce your carbohydrate intake: Foods readily available at holiday parties, like candy, cookies, and breads, are often high in sugar and carbohydrates. Excess carbohydrates increase your blood sugar and insulin levels, and are usually stored as fat in your body. By reducing the amount of carbohydrates you consume, your blood sugar will normalize and fat will be burned as energy.

Measure and weigh your food: For the best weight loss results, weigh and measure yours food. Aim for 4-6 ounces of protein per meal, and limit starchy carbohydrates like rice and potatoes to one-half cup per meal. Spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, salad greens, and lighter vegetables do not need to be measured since they are low in carbs and rich in fiber and nutrients.

Get support: Joining a gym or hiring a personal trainer is only part of the weight loss picture. Tell your family and friends about your weight loss goals so that they can help keep you accountable.