Tips from weight-loss management specialist Dr. Luiza Petre on getting through the holiday season without the dreaded weight gain!
While never-ending temptations are everywhere, holiday parties and meals don’t have to interrupt your healthy weight loss journey.
Preparation is critical!
Tip 1: Fuel Up on the Right Breakfast
Do not skip breakfast to “save” the calories for that party or family get together. This doesn’t work and you end up overeating later on.
Tip 2: Reset Your Idea of Portions
Shares entrees with friends in restaurants and fill only the middle circle of your plate. Cut portions in a half when possible.
Tip 3 Make Simple Food Swaps
Using spices, lemon or balsamic vinegar instead of dressings/oil.
Tip 4: Eat Your (Leafy) Greens
Low in calories and packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, greens are essential to jump-start your energy.
Tip 5: Add Artichokes to Your Plate
Artichokes are a great fat-busting food. Low in carbs and high in fiber, these spiky globes also take a long time to eat.
Tip 6: Be Extra Mindful of Alcohol Choices
Alcohol slows down metabolism. Alternate one glass of water for each of alcohol and and opt for gin, tequila or vodka with a low-sugar flavor cocktail.
Loss Tip 7: Just Keep Drinking Water!
More often than you realize, your body can perceive thirst as hunger. Water helps you eat less and keeps your body running and flushing out lingering toxins.
Tip 8: Don’t Skip Exercise During Holidays
Your body, mind, and waistline will thank you.
Tip 9: Celebrate Without Guilt
While the holiday season can be a very challenging time of the year for weight watchers, there are smart ways to navigate season without paying the price with a big weight gain. You can have fun and still stay on track!
Dr. Luiza Petre is a Board Certified Cardiologist with seasoned medical exposure and training. She expanded her work beyond Cardiology with emphasis on weight loss as most sustainable and efficient preventative health care approach. She is currently Medical Director of three Medi-Weightloss Clinics and appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine NY and Cardiology Clinical Instructor at NYU Langone Medical Center. For More Information: www.luizapetremd.com