Say “NO!” to holiday calories; “YES!” to dropping a pant size! Some tips…

Worried about going up a pant size or two this holiday season? Here are a few tips to make this season healthy and guilt-free:

Stay active, and enjoy this season’s activities with loved ones. Find a buddy you can stay active with/or check in with.

Weight yourself dailytracking progress is important in your weight loss journey.

Eat healthy food before going to holiday parties. This is a good way to avoid temptation, and regret the morning after. I usually eat a lot of protein (keeps you fuller longer), and either eat nothing at a party, or snack on raw veggies. And I still enjoy myself — it’s the company that matters 🙂

-I eat on thanksgiving just like any other day: I fill my plate with veggies (I enjoy kale, squash, and Swiss chard, among other super-healthy veggies), and eat as much turkey as I want (protein is key!)

-Avoid the holiday drinks. Alcohol, fancy juices, soda, etc. Liquid calories sneak up on you, and before you know it, you’re up a couple of pant sizes by the end of the season…I opt for water and green tea.

-I have some fruit instead of dessert. If you feel tempted, simply eat some fruit first, drink water, and see if you have any room for dessert 🙂

Take pictures of what you eat. Keeping a (digital) food journal will encourage you to improve your food choices and stay on track.

-Try to reduce holiday stress. Avoid the holiday consumer mania by making a budget and list before hitting the stores. Walk to the mall without cash or credit cards if you can.

Get enough sleep! Sleep is vital for health – it’ll help you make conscious health choices, and reduce stress.

These tips should help make your thanksgiving & Christmas healthy and relaxing 🙂 How do you enjoy a healthy holiday? Please share any tips/suggestions you may have. Happy holiday!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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