Shed the Holiday Weight

If you’re struggling with holiday weight gain, you are not alone.

The holiday season is a popular time for indulging in sugary, less healthy foods, or for being less physically active spending time with family and friends.

Welcome to January! 

Welcome to a new month without all the unhealthy holiday treats, and less holiday activities to keep you from being physically active. If your New Year’s resolution includes losing weight gained from over indulging during the holiday season, here are a few tips to help get you back on track:

  1. Cut calories -- but not too fast.  Eating too few calories too quickly can slow your body's metabolism. Try eating six smaller, healthy meals throughout the day rather than three large meals.  This helps keep your metabolism going faster by constantly fueling your body. Strive for the right balance of foods and calories for your body rather than starving it.
     
  2. Get moving in the new year.  Being active doesn't only mean heading to a gym. It also means burning more calories each day. Try  hiking in our beautiful County parks,  taking a brisk walk before breakfast or during lunch, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. All these activities add up and are great ways to get moving this year.
     
  3. Fresh foods are best.  Try limiting or giving up pre-packaged or fast foods and instead, stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and grains. Healthy eating is best for shedding excess pounds.
     
  4. Keep a journal of eating and exercise habits.  Keep a record of your physical activities and the specific foods and beverages you eat and drink each day – including the serving size and time of day.   It may also help to make a note about your feelings, such as hunger, sadness, or boredom.  A better understanding of when and why you eat may help you to change your habits.
     
  5. Rethink your drink.  The calories in sugary drinks really add up!  Try choosing water at home, at work, or when eating out. Replacing sugar-sweetened beverages with water will help you lose weight and keep you from gaining it back. Read more about sugar-sweetened beverages in our Sip on This brief.

Eating the right amount of healthy food and making physical activity a fun and regular part of the day not only manages weight and keeps you healthy, but it also makes you feel good about yourself . 

Learn about Shapedown, San Mateo County’s weight management program for children, teens, and parents.