You’ve probably heard that we Americans gain around 5 to 7 pounds around the holidays. With a pound being equal to 3,500 calories, that’s the equivalent of eating 17,500 and 24,500 extra calories between Turkey Day and Christmas! Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? Now, I don’t know if people actually gain THAT much (more recent studies suggest that we only gain a pound or two) but if you want to avoid any extra poundage, Bea Boomer has a few suggestions:
- Do NOT eat cookie dough while making those holiday goodies.
- DO jog in place while watching “Christmas Vacation” or Bea’s persona favorite, “Elf.” (When Buddy is doing his dance in the mail room, why not join him in your living room?)
- Do avoid the four food groups favored by the North Pole elves: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.
Looking for more practical options?
- Sign up at a fitness center. There’s a Planet Fitness on many a corner, and it’s cheap! Then actually get up off the couch, go to the gym and work out.
- Can’t afford a gym due to crazy holiday spending? When it’s mild out, take the dog for a walk or go for a jog with a friend. Do cardio workouts in front of your television; there are plenty of fitness DVDs available at Amazon.com. Do some strength training to speed up your metabolism.
- Fill your fridge with healthy fruits and veggies, cut up and ready to eat. Add more fiber to your diet by eating whole wheat cereals or oatmeal. Switch from white bread to whole wheat. Ditto with pastas.
- Drink lots of good old water to stay hydrated and ward off hunger pangs. Cold water may boost our metabolism.
- Avoid drinking your calories: limit your intake of alcoholic drinks, eggnog and soda.
- Finally, don’t go to a holiday party hungry. Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch to avoid eating too many of those yummy goodies at the Christmas buffet.
Here’s the bottom line: If you want to avoid looking like Santa Claus, you’ve got to take action! In fact, the Big Guy himself just may want to think about trying some of these tips. Those Christmas cookies he munches on all night are probably a nightmare for those reindeer, on that trip back to the North Pole!